Updated Mar 22, 2019

BSO, Gerstein Wrestle a Fabulous New Beast

There was a definite buzz in the air for the second of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall concerts on March 20. Reviews suggested Kirill Gerstein had scored a major hit a … »Read

Mostly Mozart 2019: New Wine in Old Bottles

As the boundaries among genres continue to fade, so does the Mostly Mozart Festival’s metamorphosis continue from a series of classical music concerts to, basically, anything goes. The 2019 … »Read

Listening to Music Limits Creativity

A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Central Lancashire, Lancaster University, and the University of Gävle in Sweden suggests that listening to music substantially … »Read

J.H. Kwabena Nketia, Scholar of African Music, Dies at 97

Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia, a Ghanaian ethnomusicologist and composer, described as “one of the finest scholars in all of post-colonial Africa,” died on March 13 in Legon, a suburb … »Read

Seattle Opera Hires New General Director

Christina Scheppelmann, artistic director general of Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, is to be the next general director of the Seattle Opera; she succeeds Aidan Lang, who exits after four … »Read

Louisville Nabs Teddy Abrams for Another Five Years

In announcing its upcoming season, the revitalized Louisville Orchestra also announced that the primary source of its turnaround, Music Director Teddy Abrams, planned to stay put. In fact Abrams, … »Read

Tennessee Performing Arts Center Taps CEO

Jennifer Turner [pictured], executive VP and managing director of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, in Orange Country, CA, is to be the president and CEO of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, … »Read

Free-lancing in the Arts: A Lose-lose Proposition

A survey in the U.K. last month suggested that a fulltime career working in the arts is an almost Dickensian experience marked by  low pay and exploitative hours, with little expectation that … »Read

Yuval Sharon's Flute Ultimately Wins Over Berliners

BERLIN — Nowhere is The Magic Flute more over-analyzed and over-fetishized than in the German-speaking world. So the stakes were especially high for director Yuval Sharon when he agreed to … »Read

Steven Mercurio to Czech National Symphony

The Czech National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) has selected American-born conductor Steven Mercurio as its new music director as of 2019-2020 season. He succeeds Libor Pešek, in the position … »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.

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
Alexi Kenney, violinist
New Artist of the Month
April 2018
Russian Renaissance
New Artist of the Month
March 2018


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