Updated May 11, 2021

Christian Thielemann's Semperopera Contract Not Renewed

A surprise announcement from Saxony’s Minister for Culture Barbara Klepsch indicates that the contract of Semperopera’s longtime Chief Conductor Christian Thielemann will not be … »Read

3 New Recordings: Small Forces,
Big Impact

Contemporary music can be a prickly affair, but for those driven by the pleasure principle it’s nice to know there are some seriously thoughtful composers out there offering new music to … »Read

Carnegie Hall Offers Free 'Select' Streams of Historic Concerts

Beginning May 14 at noon, and for every Friday throughout the summer, “Carnegie Hall Selects” will offer a free full-length streamed concert by legendary classical musicians in … »Read

Leaders Trounce UK Gov't for Proposed Arts Cuts at University Level

The plan announced by Gavin Williamson, the U.K.’s Education Secretary, to cut government funding for arts subjects at universities by nearly 50 percent has generated outrage among leading … »Read

Riccardo Muti Reopens Italy

RAVENNA, Italy - Riccardo Muti has once again reopened the Italian musical season in his adopted hometown of Ravenna after another—and if all goes well perhaps final — round of … »Read

Cleveland Institute Names New Conducting Chief

Carlos Kalmar, who stepped down last month as music director of the Oregon Symphony after 18 years, has been hired by the Cleveland Institute of Music as its new director of orchestral and … »Read

SFSymphony Plays Its First Live Concert in 14 Months

The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) returned to performing before a live audience on May 6, and for many of the invited guests, suggests critic Joshua Kosman, music was almost beside the point. … »Read

NYC to Spend $25M on Creating New Work, Post-pandemic

The City Artist Corps, a new initiative announced on May 6, will direct $25mn to artists of all kinds to create works throughout New York City. “We want to make sure that we put funds in the … »Read

MA's Free Guide to (Mostly) Free Streams, May 10-17

We will be updating this list weekly. Please note that all times are given in U.S. Eastern Time (ET). To calculate in other time zones or counties, British Summer Time (BST) is currently five … »Read

LA Phil Taps OrchKids Staffer to Run YOLA and Its New Center

Camille Delaney-McNeil, director of programs for the Baltimore Symphony’s much admired OrchKids , is to be the inaugural director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s new Judith and … »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.

Tiffany Poon, pianist
New (Video) Artist of the Month
May 2021
Miles Mykkanen, tenor
New Artist of the Month
April 2021
Lio Kuokman, conductor
New Artist of the Month
March 2021
Nicholas Namoradze, pianist/composer
New Artist of the Month
February 2021
Brian Giebler, tenor
New Artist of the Month
January 2021
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


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


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