Updated Jul 18, 2019

MTT Among 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees

Michael Tilson Thomas joins Sally Field, the group Earth Wind & Fire, Linda Ronstadt, and Sesame Street as a recipient of the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors.  "The Kennedy Center Honors … »Read

Details of Baltimore Symphony Audit Confirm Bad News

Responding to pressure from the media and its locked-out musicians, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has released the details of its official audit of fiscal 2018. As the orchestra itself pointed … »Read

Seattle Opera Hires Advisor on Race and Gender in the Artform

The Seattle Opera (SO) has taken a step to ensure that issues of race and gender inform its programming by appointing its first Scholar-in-Residence. Naomi André is a trained singer with a … »Read

Young Venezuelan Clarinetist Freed from Prison

In Venezuela to speak out against the Maduro government is to risk immediate incarceration, as a young musician discovered in June. After being dismissed from the National Philharmonic, … »Read

Palace Intrigue: Why Luisi Quit

MILAN--As previously reported , Fabio Luisi has resigned as music director of Florence's Maggio Musicale, due to the power struggle over exiting Intendant Cristiano Chiarot (who hired Luisi in … »Read

Fabio Luisi Quits as Music Director of Maggio Musicale

MILAN--Fabio Luisi has resigned as music director of Florence’s Maggio Musicale. His announcement today comes on the heels of a behind-the-scenes power struggle over Cristiano … »Read

National Phil to Shutter for Lack of Funds

As the Baltimore Symphony struggles to balance its books and locks out its musicians for the summer, another Washington, D.C., orchestra, albeit smaller, has announced its intention to shut down … »Read

USCIS Prevents Two (More) Foreign Artists from U.S. Performances

As the Trump administration all but shuts the doors of the U.S. to immigrants, it appears to be getting equally zealous about granting visas to “foreign” talent, even that considered … »Read

Dearth of Legit Crits Hurts Edinburgh Festival

The Edinburgh Festival—Scotland’s official international arts gathering combined with a vast fringe of amateur and professional shows—presents around 59,000 performances in 330 … »Read

City Center's Encores! Artistic Director to Exit

Jack Viertel is to step down as artistic director of the New York City Center Encores! series at the end of the 2020 season. It will be his 20 th in the role, although he has been involved in an … »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.

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
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


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


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