Updated Jun 24, 2024

The Pain and Insight of Innocence

SAN FRANCISCO—A year after Kaija Saariaho’s death at the age of 70, her final opera, Innocence , received its much-anticipated American debut this month at San Francisco Opera. The … »Read

Another, Perhaps Smoother Exit for Jaap

Over the past few weeks Jaap van Zweden has been busy concluding his concurrent tenures as music director of both the New York and Hong Kong philharmonic orchestras. His final concerts in New York … »Read

New Podium Occupants in UK, Austria, Germany

Edwin Outwater, music director of the San Francisco Conservatory since 2020 , is to be principal guest conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra effective September 1, alongside Chief Conductor Anna … »Read

Welsh National Op Musicians Threaten Strike

In the coming weeks, musicians of the Welsh National Opera who are members of the Musicians’ Union will be voting on whether to undertake labor action against plans to make the orchestra … »Read

Scottish Arts Groups Brace for Funding Cuts

Ominous talk of a potential spending squeeze is causing alarm among Scotland’s cultural institutions, which are already contending with ten years of standstill funding in the face of Brexit, … »Read

LA Phil Principal Viola to Chicago

Teng Li, current principal viola of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is to take the same post with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). She won the audition in May of 2023, and was officially … »Read

A Vivid Aural Experience: Girls of the Golden West

When John Adams’s Girls of the Golden West  premiered in November 2017, a great deal of ink was spilt arguing about form and function. Did Peter Sellars’s libretto, culled from … »Read

Boston Lyric Opera Gets Its Own, Dedicated Space

Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) has announced a collaboration with Midway Artist Studios to create Opera & Community Studios. The 14,000 sq. ft. space, occupying a portion of Midway’s 200,000+ … »Read

Seoul Police Nab Music Profs for Illegal Tutoring

The competitive nature of gaining access to music education at South Korean universities has enmeshed college music professors and parents of aspiring students in a massive scandal.  The … »Read

A Few June Competition Wins

Yuki Serino [pictured, with competition official] took home the top prize at the inaugural Città de Cremona Violin Competition , held on June 12 in Cremona’s Museo del Violino. The … »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.

Kedrick Armstrong, conductor
New Artist of the Month
June 2024
Ian Niederhoffer, conductor
New Artist of the Month
May 2024
~Nois Saxophone Quartet
New Artists of the Month
April 2024
Sarah Saviet, violinist
New Artist of the Month
March 2024
Sarah Dufresne, soprano
New Artist of the Month
February 2024
Ben Goldscheider, horn player
New Artist of the Month
January 2024
William Thomas, bass
New Artist of the Month
December 2023
Jonas Frølund, clarinetist
New Artist of the Month
November 2023
Stephanie Childress, conductor
New Artist of the Month
October 2023
Lee Reynolds, conductor
New Artist of the Month
September 2023
Hillary Simms, trombonist
New Artist of the Month
August 2023
Huang Yi, conductor
New Artist of the Month
July 2023


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