Updated Dec 6, 2019

The 59th Annual Musical America Awards

The warm, celebratory atmosphere of the Musical America Awards, deemed by many as the industry’s annual holiday party, belies the logistical challenges for the organizers. First, the event … »Read

Frankfurt Radio Symph Names Successor to Orozco-Estrada

French conductor Alain Altinoglu, 44, is to succeed Andrés Orozco-Estrada as chief conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra as of 2021-22 for three seasons. Orozco-Estrada is … »Read

A New Classical Video Channel

Deutsche Welle , the German state-owned international broadcaster, has launched a dedicated classical music YouTube channel, timed to coincide with Beethoven’s 250 th birthday celebrations. … »Read

Vittorio Grigolo Fired, Times Two

On Dec. 5 the other shoe dropped for Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo when the Royal Opera announced his firing following an investigation of an incident this past September in Tokyo. Grigolo … »Read

San Francisco Opera Names Music Director

Eun Sun Kim is to be the music director of the San Francisco Opera as of August 2021 and takes the title designate immediately. Kim, 39, was Musical America’s June 2018 New Artist of the … »Read

Riccardo Muti’s Defining Salzburg Fest Moment: Così fan tutte, 1982

When Riccardo Muti, Musical America’s 2010 Musician of the Year, was told that the Salzburg Festival was the 2020 “Festival of the Year,” he shared a favorite memory, as told to … »Read

In Paris: Kosky's Impoverished Prince Igor Saved by Its Cast

PARIS—Pre-revolutionary Russia teemed with hereditary princes. The dramatis personae of War and Peace lists a dozen but there were hundreds more, not to mention counts and barons, most of … »Read

Minnesota O Reports $8.8M Operating Deficit

To hear the leadership of the Minnesota Orchestra (MO) tell it, an $8.8m operating deficit for the 2019 fiscal year, the largest in the organization’s history, is nothing to worry about. … »Read

Angela Hewitt to Receive Wigmore Medal

Pianist Angela Hewitt has been brilliantly plying her trade since the 1980s, but 2020 appears to be the year in which she is properly lauded. On June 2, 2020 she will receive the Wigmore Medal, … »Read

Grand Teton Board Reverses Its Decision; Runnicles Will Return

The Grand Teton Music Festival’s Board of Directors has voted to re-invite Kristen Linfante, Juan de Gomar, and Jennifer Ross, the three musicians it “dis-invited” for their … »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.

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
Salome Jicia, soprano
New Artist of the Month
July 2019
Gabriella Smith, composer
New Artist of the Month
June 2019
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


Since 1960, each year Musical America honors several outstanding musicians with an award for excellence.


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