Updated Apr 3, 2020

Simon Woods to Head the League of American Orchestras

Simon Woods, who resigned as CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic last fall, is to be the new president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras effective September 1. Woods, a Brit, is … »Read

The New, Remote, Normal: 2 Orchestras, 2 Boleros

A mere four days after the musicians of the Orchestre National de France posted their remote performance of Ravel's Boléro, the New York Philharmonic has followed suit, dedicating theirs to … »Read

A Unique, Chronological Free Guide to Free Streams

We will be updating this list twice weekly. Please note that Central European Time (CET) is currently six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Time. Contact .   Friday, April … »Read

Jonas Kaufmann Is Otello

For many, Jonas Kaufmann’s assumption of the title role in Verdi’s Otello was the anticipated operatic event of 2017. At the time, reviews were mixed. Despite his darkly burnished … »Read

Yale School of Music Sets a New Standard of Generosity

In an extraordinary act of generosity, the Yale School of Music (YSM) is offering its more than 200 students financial assistance to help them navigate the coronavirus pandemic. In a March 31 … »Read

Ellis Marsalis, Patriarch of Jazz's Royal Family, Has died

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ellis Marsalis Jr., jazz pianist, teacher, and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday from pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, leaving six … »Read

What Wynton Had to Say About His Dad's Passing

The following is posted on Wynton Marsalis's public Facebook page. "My daddy passed away last night. We now join the worldwide family who are mourning grandfathers and grandmothers, mothers and … »Read

Carnegie Hall Closes Until Fall 2020

Carnegie Hall has joined the slow but steady stream of organizations closing their seasons prematurely due to COVID-19. On Thursday, the venerable institution moved its previously announced … »Read

Master Jazz Guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli Dies

Bucky Pizzarelli, legendary master of the jazz guitar, died on April 1 in Saddle River, N.J. at the age of 94. The cause was complications from the Coronavirus. His death was reported by his son … »Read

Lyric Opera of Chicago 'Postpones' the Remainder of Its Season

The Lyric Opera of Chicago, its season already essentially cancelled after it had to forego its complete Ring cycles this spring, is taking a different tack for the remaining events of fiscal … »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


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