Updated Apr 1, 2020

Aspen Fest Delays Opening

The Aspen Music Festival and School is postponing its opening by two weeks and shortening its season from eight weeks to six. Scheduled to launch July 2, it will now begin July 16, with … »Read

KenCen Furloughs More Staff; Republicans Want $25M Withdrawn

Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter announced a new round of personnel cuts on Tuesday, furloughing 250 staffers in the Center’s marketing, development, and education departments as well … »Read

New Artist of the Month: Baritone Theo Hoffman

It’s rare to see a work that genuinely challenges the form and opens a window onto what a genre might become, but Philip Venables’s Denis & Katya at Philadelphia Opera’s O19 … »Read

Season Cancellations: Opera Cos, Presenters, Festivals

Most opera companies have been forced to cancel the remainder of their seasons due to COVID-19. Those listed below have alerted the public. Opera Companies Atlanta Opera Boston Lyric Opera … »Read

Judy Drucker Dies at 91

Judy Drucker, credited with bringing classical music to South Florida, died Monday in Miami at age 91 of complications from Alzheimer’s. Drucker founded the Concert Association of Florida in … »Read

Kenneth Wentworth Dies at 92

Kenneth Wentworth, founder and chairman of the artist management firm Jonathan Wentworth Associates, Ltd., named for his son, died on March 22 in Washington, D.C. He was 92. A pianist who studied … »Read

Bayreuth Festival Cancels 2020 Season

The Festival has just announced that it is "suspended." Following is the Festival's own announcement, posted verbatim in the interest of time. It is marked March 31. »Read

Aldeburgh, Cabrillo Festivals Cancel

Two more festivals have cancelled their upcoming seasons, both of them key players in the realm of contemporary music. The Aldeburgh Festival, founded in 1948 by composer Benjamin Britten, tenor … »Read

Good Reads for Bad Times: Stephen Hough's Rough Ideas

What do you do when you find yourself sitting around in airports, on planes, or in hotel bedrooms? If you’re international concert pianist Stephen Hough, you get out a notebook and jot down … »Read

UM Fires David Daniels Over Sexual Assault Charges

On March 26 the board of regents of the University of Michigan (UM) approved the dismissal of the disgraced opera star David Daniels from his tenured position in the School of Music. … »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.

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
Hao Zhou, violinist
New Artist of the Month
December 2019
Michele Gamba, conductor
New Artist of the Month
November 2019
Lucia Lucas, baritone
New Artist of the Month
October 2019
María Dueñas, violinist
New Artist of the Month
September 2019
Elena Schwarz, conductor
New Artist of the Month
August 2019
Salome Jicia, soprano
New Artist of the Month
July 2019
Gabriella Smith, composer
New Artist of the Month
June 2019
Emmet Cohen, pianist
New Artist of the Month
May 2019


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


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