Updated May 24, 2019

Classical NEXT's Hot Issues: Streaming, Social, and Podium Diversity

When a conference panel is stacked with likeminded people who largely agree on everything, things can quickly turn dull or self-promotional. At the May 15-19 Classical:NEXT conference in … »Read

Newly Revitalized Utah Symphony to Lose Its Secret Weapon

Thierry Fischer has opted not to renew his contract as music director of the Utah Symphony when it expires in August 2022. At that point, he will have been in the job 13 years, after having turned … »Read

Disney Hall's Transformative Effect on LA's Cultural Profile

When Disney Hall, the Frank Gehry-designed home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, opened 16 years ago, it signaled a new level of ambition for the orchestra and held out the potential for … »Read

New Stick for Israel Phil Considers the Stakes

TEL AVIV, Israel — When Zubin Mehta joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969, it would be 20 years before Lahav Shani was even born. Now, at the age of 30, the Israeli wunderkind … »Read

NY Phil Takes on 'Music of Conscience'

The New York Philharmonic is winding up its current season with a series of concerts provocatively titled “Music of Conscience.” Featuring works by composers responding to political … »Read

Welsh National Opera Managing Director to Exit

Leonora Thomson, managing director of the Welsh National Opera, is to step down on July 1, as Aidan Lang takes over as general director . Lang arrives after four years in the top job at the … »Read

Robert F. Smith's Philanthropy Goes Public

Carnegie Hall President and tech billionaire Robert F. Smith is the world’s wealthiest African American and also one the world’s most generous philanthropists. According to Inside … »Read

Study Attempts to Discover What Opera Audiences Really Want

The shrinking audience for opera has become a familiar trope that often occasions a combination of hand wringing and ill-conceived efforts to lure younger attendees. “The traditional … »Read

Newly Discovered Wills of Aretha Franklin

When Aretha Franklin died in August 2018, her family reported that she did not have a will. Discoveries made in early May by Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece and her estate’s personal … »Read

Bach Choir Artistic and Executive Leaders to Retire

The two mainstays of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem have simultaneously announced their plans to retire: Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld [pictured] will step down in June 2021, after 38 … »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.

Emmet Cohen, pianist
New Artist of the Month
May 2019
Siena Licht Miller, mezzo-soprano
New Artist of the Month
April 2019
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


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