NEW ARTIST OF THE MONTH

MusicalAmerica.com's New Artist of the Month spotlights an important emerging talent. If you haven't heard his or her name before, we predict you will soon!
August 2014
Violinist Simone Porter
Simone Porter made her Pasadena Symphony debut at Ambassador Auditorium on March 29. Usually, a performer can count on having to play through distractions--a cell phone ringing or someone texting in the front row, but as Porter was about to make her entrance in the central Adagio of Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, an earthquake hit.
July 2014
Baritone Takaoki Onishi
For lovers of great singing there are few thrills equal to hearing a truly important voice for the first time. The young Japanese baritone Takaoki Onishi has been providing that thrill a lot this past year, especially in New York City, where he is pursuing an Artist Diploma at Juilliard while generating a considerable—and growing— amount of excitement in the music world.
June 2014
Conductor Omer Meir Wellber
Only a few years ago, the name Omer Meir Wellber mostly came up in connection with Daniel Barenboim. As the conductor’s assistant at the Staatsoper Berlin and La Scala, his precocious abilities were on display in everything from Verdi to Liszt, allowing me to catch a performance of Puccini’s Tosca at the Schiller Theater in 2010, in which the orchestra’s swelling phrases and attention to harmonic detail easily recalled the touch of his mentor.
April 2014
Mezzo-soprano Katarina Bradić
I first saw mezzo-soprano Katharina Bradic in Stefan Herheim’s regie production of Handel’s Xerxes at the Komische Opera. I was impressed with her fearless humor, sharp musicianship, and seductive charm in the role of Amastre, the Persian King’s spurned fiancé. It was at the Deutsche Oper, however, that I was able to catch a glimpse of her artistry in more depth: first in a “dramatic fantasy” called Mahlermania, where her soulful delivery of Mahler songs transcended the antics onstage, then in a recent revival of Otello in which she sang the role of Emilia, the title character’s innocent wife, alongside Barbara Frittoli.
March 2014
The Dover Quartet
Musicians in their 20s are often described as “emerging.” For the Dover Quartet, currently the Curtis Institute’s first graduate quartet-in-residence, forget “emerging.” These smart, sparkling string players cut a swath at Banff’s 2013 International String Quartet Competition, winning prizes in every category from old music to new. The Florida Times-Union recently wrote, “The patron next to me mouthed ‘Wow!’ before the end of the first piece.” That about sums it up.
February 2014
Violinist Francesca Rose dePasquale
Much of the fun of student concerts is in spotting future stars of the concert stage. A light bulb went on last November 25 when Vladimir Jurowski, principal conductor of the London Philharmonic, led the Juilliard Orchestra in an all-Shostakovich concert at Alice Tully Hall. A glance at the players’ roster elicited an instant spotlight of recognition: Francesca Rose dePasquale Concertmaster.
January 2014
Pianist Maria Perrotta
Pregnant pianist plays tonight at the Teatro Rossini "-- ran the huge teasers scattered all over in Lugo di Romagna, by Ravenna, on January 12, 2012. Pianist Maria Perrotta was in the ninth month of her pregnancy, so a fully staffed ambulance remained parked nearby for the full 100 minutes of the concert, featuring Bach's Goldberg Variations plus a substantial encore, standing ovations, and a thankful speech from the Mayor. All without intermission.
December 2013
Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja
The first time I saw violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja perform, it was at Volkswagen's Gläsener Manufaktur in Dresden. She was standing beneath a row of half-built sedans with their engines exposed, playing a program of gypsy-inspired music ranging from Ravel to Bartók. With her mother on violin and her father on cimbalom, she offered a welcome distraction in the sterile setting, even as they tapped their feet to variations on the Balkan dance melody Hora Staccato.
November 2013
Mezzo-soprano Lisa Chavez
Mezzo-soprano Lisa Chavez started the fall season tormenting an old fat man. This month, she’s turning herself into a lost boy. By season’s end, she’ll have been a loyal servant and an angry, vengeful daughter. Chavez welcomes the challenge. A rising star on the Bay Area opera scene, her facility in a variety of roles has already earned accolades.
October 2013
Violinist Chad Hoopes
Chad Hoopes was 13 when he won first prize in the Young Artists Division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 2007. He made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra the same year playing Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, and he’s since performed with orchestras around the world. Until fairly recently, the phrase “child prodigy” described him perfectly.
September 2013
Violinist Sarah Silver
At the opening concert of Tanglewood’s annual Festival of Contemporary Music, first violinist Sarah Silver introduced Elliott Carter’s String Quartet No. 1 from a stage microphone. “The worst part of performing this piece,” she lamented, “is that we’ve rehearsed it so much, and fallen in love with it, and now there won’t be any rehearsal tomorrow.”
August 2013
Baritone Ben Connor
It was when I first saw Ben Connor in his underwear that I knew he had star quality. (It’s not what you think.) It was in an updated production of La bohème at Theater an der Wien in der Kammeroper starring its Young Artists ensemble. Connor played Marcello as a grungy, spoiled brat, master of his domain, and entirely comfortable padding around his apartment in his skivvies. This wasn’t the Ben Connor I had seen as the comic relief in Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio, or in smaller roles at Theater an der Wien.
July 2013
Pianist/Conductor Kit Armstrong
Pianist Alfred Brendel has described Kit Armstrong as “the most extraordinary talent” he has ever encountered. After a few minutes in the presence of the pianist and composer, only 21, it becomes clear that this is not hyperbole.
June 2013
Conductor Yoel Gamzou
Three years ago, Yoel Gamzou premiered his own version of Mahler’s Tenth Symphony at a synagogue in Berlin. Members of his International Mahler Orchestra (IMO) crowded onstage as the lanky conductor, then only 23, led them through the restless score, unleashing a sense of adventure that, to these ears, made the standard reconstruction of Mahler’s sketches by Deryck Cooke and Berthold Goldschmidt seem tame by comparison.
May 2013
Violinist Thomas Gould
In the seven years since violinist Thomas Gould graduated from the Royal Academy of Music he has quietly built the model career. He got off to an early start with lessons with Sheila Nelson at the age of three, then entered the Academy on a scholarship with György Pauk as his principal teacher.
April 2013
Mandolinist Avi Avital
It’s not often that the mandolin takes centerstage in the classical concert hall, but don’t tell Avi Avital that. The Israeli native, 34, has performed about 70 world premieres, 13 of which were concertos.
March 2013
Cellist Gabriel Cabezas
Chicago is known for its blues musicians, like Muddy Waters, or rap artists, like Kanye West. But classical cellists? Probably not. Not yet anyway. At just 20, Gabriel Cabezas, who named his 1934 Chicago-made cello Starbuck, may be about to change that.
February 2013
Composer Dylan Mattingly
Last December at Zellerbach Hall, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra gave the premiere of a new orchestral work by Dylan Mattingly. “Invisible Skyline,” a restless 30-minute opus, is a beguiling work of serene vistas and arresting rhythms. Mattingly, 21, is a Berkeley native, and many in the audience had heard his music in performances of shorter pieces. But this was a premiere to make you sit up and take notice....
January 2013
Apollon Musagète Quartett
Last November, I attended a concert at New York’s Weill Recital Hall by a quartet of which I knew little except that it had a French name that meant “Apollo, leader of the Muses” (the same as the final section of Stravinsky’s ballet, Apollo), and all the members were Polish. But the performances I heard of Haydn, Szymanowski, Josef Suk, and Janácek soon made it plain that the Apollon Musagète Quartett would not long remain little known....
December 2012
Soprano Daniela Fally
A few years ago, I noticed Daniela Fally always seemed to singing wherever I went: Anna in Weill’s Die sieben Todsünden given by Neue Oper Wien in a tiny Jugendstil theater on the far edge of the city; singlehandedly saving a dreary new production of Die Zauberflöte at Volksoper Wien with her vivacity in the tiny role of Papagena;...
November 2012
Conductor Lin Daye
Until recently, Lin Daye had not been much of a presence on the competition circuit. The last time he reached the finals was in 2006, in a local competition in Shenzhen. He only placed fourth, but the city’s orchestra thought he was the best and unanimously approved him as their new resident conductor. “I lost the competition,” he says, smiling, “but I got the job.”...
October 2012
Ariel String Quartet
In their debut concert in Cincinnati this fall, the players of the Ariel String Quartet surprised and delighted listeners when they took their seats without music or music stands, and performed Haydn’s Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2, The Joke, entirely from memory. It was a daring feat, exhilarating to hear and fun to watch....
September 2012
Conductor Evan Rogister
Evan Rogister’s distinctive musical gifts, combined with a restless intellect, have made him one of the music world’s fastest-rising podium artists. In performances in Europe and the U.S. the young American conductor...
August 2012
Violinist Tessa Lark
Tessa Lark turned 23 during the first round of the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition in New York in June. Soon thereafter, on June 12, the Kentucky-born musician had real cause for celebration ...
July 2012
Bartione Yunpeng Wang
If there was a single trait that helped baritone Yunpeng Wang sweep up three awards last month at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in Beijing—more than his smooth, flexible technique or his prowess in a variety of vocal styles—it was his ability to pick up the phone and respond at a moment’s notice ...
June 2012
Soprano Anna Prohaska
Anna Prohaska dashes into a café in the Prenzlauerberg area of Berlin wearing jeans and a leather jacket, her long, black hair tied back into a knot. Her unassuming demeanor would hardly betray that she has just returned from performing Handel Motets under Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Musikverein ...
Cellist/composer Zoë Keating: May 2012
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Conductor Marcello Di Lisa: April 2012
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Tenor Yi Li: March 2012
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Violinist Nigel Armstrong: February 2012
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Soprano Corinne Winters: January 2012
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Pianist Behzod Abduraimov: December 2011
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Conductor Ward Stare: November 2011
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Tenor Antonio Poli: October 2011
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Composer Nathan Davis: September 2011
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Pianist Daniil Trifonov: August 2011
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Dancer Davide Dato: July 2011
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Cellist Sebastian Bäverstam: June 2011
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Composer Du Yun: May 2011
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Bass-Baritone Shen Yang: April 2011
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Young Concert Artists: March 2011
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Tenor David Lomeli: February 2011
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NYCB Principal Dancer Robert Fairchild: January 2011
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Violist David Aaron Carpenter: December 2010
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Tenor Sean Panikkar: November 2010
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Trombonist Massimo La Rosa: October 2010
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Baritone Andrei Bondarenko: September 2010
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Soprano Leah Crocetto: August 2010
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Soprano Marina Bartoli: July 2010
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Choreographer Kyle Abraham: June 2010
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Baritone Quinn Kelsey: May 2010
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Cellist Hans Kristian Goldstein: April 2010
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Pianist Tamara Stefanovich: March 2010
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Composer Tristan Perich: February 2010
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Heldentenor Paul McNamara: January 2010
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Violinist Caroline Goulding: December 2009
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Composer Angel Lam: November 2009
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Conductor Perry So: October 2009
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Conductor Ilyich Rivas: September 2009
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Cellist Joshua Roman: August 2009
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Countertenor Valer Barna-Sabadus: July 2009
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Composer Mason Bates: June 2009
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Pianist Di Wu: May 2009
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Conductor Lionel Bringuier: April 2009
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Cellist Soo Bae: March 2009
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Bass-baritone Adam Plachetka: February 2009
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