Updated Dec 1, 2020

New Artist of the Month: Male Soprano Samuel Mariño

At 27-years of age, big things are happening for Samuel Mariño. His debut recording has just been released on the Orfeo label, and he’s recently signed to HarrisonParrott, one of the … »Read

Judges on The Voice Gobsmacked by a Genuine Countertenor

Life is sometimes what happens when you’re making other plans. For John Holiday, a 35-year-old countertenor from Texas, 2020 began with him singing the role of Orpheus’ Double in the … »Read

Hong Kong Phil Appoints Resident (as in Local) Conductor

The Hong Kong Philharmonic has appointed a resident conductor, a practical move with Music Director Jaap van Zweden back home in the Netherlands and unable to travel or conduct his HK band without … »Read

Daniel Harding, Back on the Job

Remember when Daniel Harding announced he would step down from a highly successful international conducting career to become a  commercial airline pilot with Air France? That was in January … »Read

Stephen Hough: Time to Ditch the Interval

British pianist Stephen Hough has a question for classical music concertgoers. “Who,” he asks in The Guardian , “decreed that a concert of orchestral music should last roughly … »Read

Canadian Opera Names New GD

The reason for Perryn Leech’s  resignation from the Houston Grand Opera after 14 years now comes clear: He is to be the next general director of the Canadian Opera Company, effective … »Read

MA's Free Guide to (Mostly) Free Streams, Nov. 30-Dec. 7

This list will be updated weekly. Note all times are in U.S. Eastern Time (ET). To calculate in other time zones or counties, British Summer Time (BST) is currently five hours ahead of ET and … »Read

Key St. Louis Music Critic Has Died

Sarah Bryan Miller, longtime staff music critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , died on November 28 after a long and courageous battle against cancer. She was 68. A onetime member of the Lyric … »Read

The Obscure Donizetti Comes to Life in Bergamo

Most of the operas Donizetti wrote prior to his breakthrough success with  Anna Bolena  in 1830 are all but forgotten, despite his having already written around 30 of them by then. In … »Read

Biden and the Arts: Things Can Only Get Better

The election of Joe Biden bodes well for an expansive role for the arts and culture in the new administration. “Things are going to change,” says Nina Ozlu Tunceli, executive director … »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.

Samuel Mariño, male soprano
New Artist of the Month
December 2020
Liza Stepanova, pianist
New Artist of the Month
November 2020
Tabea Debus, recorder player
New Artist of the Month
October 2020
Katherine Balch, composer
New Artist of the Month
September 2020
Daniela Candillari, conductor 
New Artist of the Month
August 2020
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


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