Updated Jul 17, 2019

Fabio Luisi Quits as Music Director of Maggio Musicale

Fabio Luisi has resigned as music director of Florence’s Maggio Musicale. His announcement today comes on the heels of a behind-the-scenes power struggle over Cristiano Chiarot’s … »Read

USCIS Prevents Two (More) Foreign Artists from U.S. Performances

As the Trump administration all but shuts the doors of the U.S. to immigrants, it appears to be getting equally zealous about granting visas to “foreign” talent, even that considered … »Read

Dearth of Legit Crits Hurts Edinburgh Festival

The Edinburgh Festival—Scotland’s official international arts gathering combined with a vast fringe of amateur and professional shows—presents around 59,000 performances in 330 … »Read

City Center's Encores! Artistic Director to Exit

Jack Viertel is to step down as artistic director of the New York City Center Encores! series at the end of the 2020 season. It will be his 20 th in the role, although he has been involved in an … »Read

Album by the Other Kanneh-Mason Showcases the Other Schumann

Robert Schumann’s place in the firmament of 19 th -century composers is secure. The other Schumann—his wife—should be there, too. This year marks the bicentennial of Clara … »Read

Louis Langrée Re-ups with Mostly Mozart

As the 2019 Mostly Mozart season gets underway, Lincoln Center has announced that Louis Langrée, the festival’s music director since 2003, has extended his contract through the summer … »Read

Seattle Symphony Staffers Exit

Another key staff member is leaving the Seattle Symphony. The latest is Senior Vice President for Marketing and Business Operations Charlie Wade, with the organization for five years. He is moving … »Read

Mehta Bids an "Emotional Farewell" to the Israel Phil

Zubin Mehta led his final performance with the Israel Philharmonic last Saturday, in an outdoor concert at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv that attracted “an enormous crowd of young and old,” … »Read

Van Cliburn: A Different Approach

Film, television, sports, and other mainstream media have historically birthed a long list of celebrities—those of worldwide, grand status—while it remains easy to count on one hand … »Read

Sir Simon Says, Invest in 'Chinese Pianos'

Classical music may seem to be on the wane in the West, but anyone who requires reminding that it remains a vibrant art form need only visit China. “When you play in Taipei, for example, 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.

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
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


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