Updated Jan 21, 2020

Suspended Academy Chief Sues, Claiming Sexual Harassment, Grammy 'Irregularities,' More

Deborah Dugan is indeed “stepping up.” The embattled CEO of the Recording Academy, put on  administrative leave last week amid claims of bullying and a “formal allegation of … »Read

Flower Power: Julia Wolfe Explodes the 1960s

LOS ANGELES –-The events, personalities and issues of the 1960s—the riots, the assassinations, the Beatles, drugs, free love, Vietnam, feminism, black power, etc.—have been … »Read

Susanna Mälkki Changes Management

Susanna Mälkki, Musical America’s 2017 Conductor of the Year , has joined a rather elite group of maestros: Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Chilean-Italian conductor Paolo … »Read

BBC Chief to Step Down

LONDON — BBC Director-General Tony Hall announced Monday that he will step down from the helm of the U.K. broadcaster in six months after seven years in the job. Hall said he was quitting so … »Read

Royal Phil: Brexit Sees U.K. Orchestras Touring the U.S. the Most

The United Kingdom’s imminent exit from the European Union is necessitating a re-evaluation of where the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and other U.K. orchestras may tour in the coming … »Read

Impeachment Polka Then and Now

A political spectacle can be counted on to attract all sorts looking to benefit financially, whether from selling buttons and other souvenirs to producing newspapers and more current forms of … »Read

At Prototype, Rev. 23. Why?

The greatest operas are those in which outstanding music is wed to a powerful, poetic libretto. Contemporary examples include John Adams’s work with Alice Goodman ( Nixon in China , The … »Read

Vladimir Ashkenazy Steps Into Retirement

Russian-born pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy is retiring from public performance. The 82-year-old maestro first gained public notice at the 1955 International Chopin  Piano … »Read

Paris Opera Strikers Stage Al fresco Concert

PARIS — Striking musicians and singers of the Paris Opera staged an open-air concert on Saturday in front of the city's historic opera house in protest against a pension reform that seeks to … »Read

Music as an Instrument of Hope for the Young

Yet another good news story has emerged about the happy outcome of inner city school children receiving musical training that they would not otherwise have access to. This one comes on the heels … »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.

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
Siena Licht Miller, mezzo-soprano
New Artist of the Month
April 2019
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


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