Updated May 21, 2019

The 2019 Confab: So What Exactly IS Classical: NEXT, Anyway?

ROTTERDAM— For three days ending May 18, some 1,300 people from 45 countries gathered in this city of striking postwar architecture to talk about the future of classical music. It … »Read

ICE Offers NY Premiere of Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus

On Thursday, May 16 th , Music of the Americas presented the New York premiere of Claude Vivier’s opera Kopernikus (1979) at Issue Project Room in Downtown Brooklyn. Vivier (1943-1983) was … »Read

Jessye's Archives to Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the beneficiary of a recent donation of thousands of items that document the career of Jessye Norman, whom Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden characterized as “one … »Read

18-Year-Old Competition Champ Adds Another $150,000 to His Stash

Tony Sigi Yun, an 18-year-old Canadian pianist enrolled in the pre-college division of the Juilliard School, has won the China International Music Competition, earning $150,000 and management for … »Read

A Streaming Service Made for the Classical Listener

The growth of music streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and others has done little to advance the availability of classical music. While this genre comprises only 5 percent … »Read

Young American Named Chief Conductor of the NWD

Jonathon Heyward, assistant conductor of the Hallé Orchestra , winner of the 2015  Besançon competition , has been named as the new chief conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche … »Read

New Faust Opens the Glyndebourne Season

GLYNDEBOURNE—There were fireworks onstage and off for the launch of Glyndebourne’s 85 th season on May 18. Patrons were invited to stand on the lawn at the end of the evening as the … »Read

A Countertenor at the Top of His Game

It’s a brave Brit who labels his program “England’s Orpheus” with all the attendant expectations, but fortunately Iestyn Davies has the musical chops to back it up. The … »Read

Three Finalists Dig in at China Piano Competition

The 20 contenders have been winnowed down to just three, and today they are performing concertos by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev with the Philadelphia Orchestra under its Music … »Read

New Maestros in Phoenix, Miami, and Jacksonville

After a two-year search, the Phoenix Chorale, a professional chamber choir based in Phoenix, AZ, has named former Kings Singer Christopher Gabbitas [pictured] as artistic director starting next … »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


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


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