Updated May 31, 2016

Czech Pianist Wins Queen Elisabeth Competition

The Queen Elisabeth Competition concluded over the weekend in Brussels, with an all-male cast of winners. (Young women seem to be the dazzlers at violin competitions.) The grand prize went to … »Read

Gustav Meier, Gifted Pedagogue and Conductor, Has Died

Conductor Gustav Meier, who served as director of the orchestra conducting program at the Peabody Institute (Johns Hopkins University) for 18 years, died on May 26 at the age of 87. The Swiss-born … »Read

ABT's Symposium Raises Ratmansky's Bar Even Higher

NEW YORK—The American Ballet Theatre, now at the Metropolitan Opera House to July 2, is devoting entire evenings to the choreography of Alexei Ratmansky, its artist-in-residence since 2009 … »Read

Retired Nat'l Symphony Principal Clarinet Assesses 45-year Tenure

Loren Kitt retired this season as principal clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra (Eugene Mondie is now acting principal) after playing with the NSO for 45 years.  In an interview with … »Read

Elaborate Violin Case Sells for $17,000

Skinner auction house in Boston has sold a 19th century-violin case made in London for a record $17,220. It was originally listed at $6,000-$8,000. Made in c.1887 by W.E. Hill & Sons, it is … »Read




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Each month, Musical America spotlights an important emerging talent. If you haven't heard of the New Artist of the Month before, we predict you will soon.

Verona Quartet
New Artist of the Month
May 2016
Simone Rubino, percussionist
New Artist of the Month
April 2016
Michael Gilbertson, composer
New Artist of the Month
March 2016
Pam Tanowitz, choreographer
New Artist of the Month
February 2016
Tobias Greenhalgh, baritone
New Artist of the Month
January 2016
James Darrah, director
New Artist of the Month
December 2015
Rene M. Orth, composer
New Artist of the Month
November 2015
Sam Suggs, double bass
New Artist of the Month
October 2015
Mirga Grazinyté-Tyla, conductor
New Artist of the Month
September 2015
Tansel Akzeybek, tenor
New Artist of the Month
August 2015
Christopher Allen, conductor
New Artist of the Month
July 2015
Joseph Dennis, tenor
New Artist of the Month
June 2015
Mark Grisez, trumpet
New Artist of the Month
May 2015
Sava Vemic, bass
New Artist of the Month
April 2015


Since 1960, each year Musical America honors several outstanding musicians with an award for excellence.


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