Updated May 19, 2022

Met Hamlet Reviews Are In and the Verdict Is Not Unanimous

Among the important reviews of Brett Dean’s new Hamlet at the Met Opera on May 13, there is universal agreement on the size of the work’s impact, as well as the sterling job … »Read

Jonas Kaufmann: Post-pandemic Opera Is in Crisis

Jonas Kaufmann exists at the very apogee of the opera world. Dubbed “the most bankable male star in opera today” by The New Yorker, no tenor alive matches his audience appeal … »Read

A 55-Year-Old Orchestra Gets a Rebranding

Effective immediately, the Stamford (CT) Symphony is the Orchestra Lumos. The 55-year-old orchestra, under Music Director Michael Stern and CEO Russell Jones (former NY Philharmonic marketing … »Read

Free Masterclass Website Launches

The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, which is a part of Tel Aviv University and the Israel Philharmonic’s partner school, has launched a free masterclass website. The initial two dozen … »Read

Two Conductors Moving Up

Kahchun Wong is to move from his current post as principal guest to chief conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra as of fall 2023, when his two-year tenure in the guest position … »Read

At the Barbican: Anniversaries, Birthdays, and a Surprise World Premiere

The BBC Symphony Orchestra’s May 13 concert at London’s Barbican Centre managed to field two premieres while celebrating four composer anniversaries. Two were major … »Read

New Artist Management Signings

CAMI Music, not to be confused with the defunct CAMI—though both originated on Ronald Wilford’s watch—has signed composer Andy Akiho, who specializes in large-scale, … »Read

High-profile Critic Praises Low-profile Orchestra

Musical commitment and innovative programming are not exclusive to America’s major symphony orchestras. As Alex Ross argues, “The South Dakota Symphony [SDSO] is bolder and savvier in … »Read

Application Deadline Nears for $500,000 Accelerator Awards

The Lewis Prize for Music is now accepting applications for Accelerator Awards for Creative Youth Development (CYD). The program provides multi-year awards of $500,000 each to music organizations … »Read

Birgit Nilsson Prize Goes to a Humanitarian Who Plays the Cello

Yo-Yo Ma has been announced as the winner of the triennial Birgit Nilsson Prize, which brings with it $1 million and an elaborate concert and presentation on October 18 by his Majesty King Carl … »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.

Jordan Bak, violist
New Artist of the Month
May 2022
Rupert Boyd, guitarist
New Artist of the Month
April 2022
Lee Mills, conductor
New Artist of the Month
March 2022
Dani Howard, composer
New Artist of the Month
February 2022
Dominick Chenes, tenor
New Artist of the Month
January 2022
Tom Borrow, pianist
New Artist of the Month
December 2021
Jesús Rodolfo, violist
New Artist of the Month
November 2021
Francesca Chiejina, soprano
New Artist of the Month
October 2021
Martin García García, pianist
New Artist of the Month
September 2021
Tianxu An, pianist
New Artist of the Month
August 2021
Randall Scotting, countertenor
New Artist of the Month
July 2021
Geneva Lewis, violinist
New Artist of the Month
June 2021


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