Updated Jul 4, 2020

Will Orchestras Ever Be Able to Tour Again?

Orchestras the world over are facing a number of challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. When and how to reopen concert halls and resume performances surely top the list, but close … »Read

Verona Will Host Netrebko, Domingo, et al in July & August

MILAN--In April 2016, the Verona Arena Festival, which has presented lavish productions in the world’s largest amphitheater since 1936, teetered on the brink of liquidation. Debts had … »Read

Review: New Music by Seasoned Composers

Despite its impact on live performances, the COVID-19 crisis has failed to stem the tide of new recordings, and especially new recordings of new music. As this latest crop proves, new music is … »Read

Shelter in Place Creates Boon Market for Keyboards

As the pandemic has shuttered concert halls around the U.S., music lovers appear to have turned to making their own music at home. Since the March lockdown, piano sales have soared. “I … »Read

New Artist of the Month: Soprano Vuvu Mpofu

Like most opera singers right now, Vuvu Mpofu’s 2020 calendar is a patchwork of cancellations and question marks. Locked down in her grandmother’s house in Port Elizabeth, however, the … »Read

Israel Philharmonic Online Gala Attacked by Hackers

On June 28 as yet unidentified hackers sabotaged an online performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO). Billed as a fundraiser to offset losses from concerts cancelled due to the … »Read

Music Director Compensation in 2017-18: The Top Ten

Drew McManus is gathering his annual compensation reports, posting music director and executive salaries for orchestras in the 2017-18 season. The list of Top Ten Earners shows Riccardo Muti way … »Read

What Is a Conductor without an Orchestra? They're Finding Out.

When on the podium in front of an orchestra, a conductor can elicit sounds that can move his or her audience to tears. When alone, only silence. “We don’t make sound as … »Read

Salute to MTT a Grand Occasion

The San Francisco Symphony concluded its 25-day celebration of its fearless leader’s 25-year-reign Sunday night with “MTT25: An American Icon,” streamed from various living rooms … »Read

New Organization Aims to Change the Face of Classical Music

**EDITOR'S NOTE: Deadline to apply for this program is July 3, 2020.** It’s no secret that the market for classical musicians is highly competitive. The future for young musicians of color, … »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.

Vuvu Mpofu, soprano
New Artist of the Month
July 2020
Xabier Anduaga, tenor
New Artist of the Month
June 2020
Stella Chen, violinist
New Artist of the Month
May 2020
Theo Hoffman, baritone
New Artist of the Month
April 2020
Zack Winokur, director
New Artist of the Month
March 2020
John Brancy, baritone
New Artist of the Month
February 2020
Maxim Lando, pianist
New Artist of the Month
January 2020
Hao Zhou, violinist
New Artist of the Month
December 2019
Michele Gamba, conductor
New Artist of the Month
November 2019
Lucia Lucas, baritone
New Artist of the Month
October 2019
María Dueñas, violinist
New Artist of the Month
September 2019
Elena Schwarz, conductor
New Artist of the Month
August 2019


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