Updated Mar 18, 2019

La Scala Returns Saudi $$$; Pereira Keeps His Job

MILAN--La Scala has decided to return more than three million euros ($3.4 million) in funding to Saudi Arabia after a plan to work closely with the country was widely criticized, including by … »Read

The Utter Irony and Sad Timeliness of An American Dream

Nothing changes. The bigotry, racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism that provide a basis for composer Jack Perla and librettist Jessica Murphy Moo’s An American Dream remain as real in America … »Read

La Jolla Music Center Names CEO

In the fall of 2017, when Ted DeDee announced he would retire in May of 2018 as president and CEO of the Madison, WI, Overture Center for the Arts, he told the local newspaper, “I’d … »Read

Robert Spano to Fort Worth, an Interesting Coincidence

When Robert Spano  steps aside as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the end of the 2020-2021 season, he will still have plenty to do, continuing his job as music director of … »Read

Conductors Extend, Step Aside, and Step Up

The Cincinnati May Festival has extended the contract of Juanjo Mena [pictured], who began his term as principal conductor just one season ago. He will now remain at the helm into the … »Read

NJ Legislators Join Growing Opposition to Westminster Sale

Next week, the New Jersey Attorney General is scheduled to complete his investigation of the attempted sale by Rider University of Westminster Choir College (WCC) to a Chinese manufacturing firm … »Read

Two Song Cycles, One a Post-minimalist Premiere, One an Argento Classic

For the second time in as many days, a Manhattan recital turned into a memorial. Following Anne-Sophie Mutter’s Carnegie Hall concert that concluded as a moving tribute to her late husband … »Read

MTT: The (Not Really an) Exit Interview

As he prepares for his final appearance in Boston as music director of the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) later this month, Michael Tilson Thomas is quick to correct an interviewer who labels him … »Read

Aspen VP Exits for Tulsa Symphony

Keith C. Elder is to succeed the retiring Ron Predl as executive director of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (TSO), effective August 5. Elder, who has a BA in music and arts administration from … »Read

Recent Competition Wins; Looming Deadlines

The 12th edition of the Grumiaux International Competition for Young Violinists concluded on March 10 in Brussels, Belgium, with prizes awarded in four age ranges. Category A, for those under 10, … »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.

Patrick Guetti, bass
New Artist of the Month
March 2019
Evan Kahn, cellist
New Artist of the Month
February 2019
Michael Vincent Waller, composer
New Artist of the Month
January 2019
Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor
New Artist of the Month
December 2018
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
New Artist of the Month
November 2018
Robert Trevino, conductor
New Artist of the Month
October 2018
Nilo Alcala, composer
New Artist of the Month
September 2018
Natalya Romaniw, soprano
New Artist of the Month
August 2018
Hanzhi Wang, accordionist
New Artist of the Month
July 2018
Eun Sun Kim, conductor
New Artist of the Month
June 2018
Louisa Proske, director
New Artist of the Month
May 2018
Alexi Kenney, violinist
New Artist of the Month
April 2018
Russian Renaissance
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March 2018


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