Updated Sep 22, 2021

Another Music Director to Resign from Pandemic PTSD

Jaap van Zweden isn’t the only music director for whom the pandemic has caused a change in priorities and lifestyle preferences. As Van Zweden exits the New York Philharmonic at the close of … »Read

$10M Gift Will Go Toward a New Home for USM School of Music

The University of Southern Maine has received a $10 million donation—its largest ever—to build a home for its school of music on its Portland campus. The gift, from local … »Read

Nigel Kennedy Accuses Classic FM of 'Musical Segregation' for Denying Jimi Hendrix Piece

Nigel Kennedy has walked away from a concert at Royal Albert Hall, citing Classical FM’s decision to prevent him from performing a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. “This is musical … »Read

Venice Heralds Its Return with a Floating Violin

The Grand Canal in Venice has been the waterway for myriad vessels for well over a millennium. But Sept. 17 was the first time that a gigantic violin carrying a string quartet playing … »Read

New Artistic Leadership for Toledo Opera

Toledo Opera has named not one but two artistic directors to succeed James Meena, who left as general director and principal conductor last year to take the same post with Opera Carolina, in … »Read

Carmen Is About Passion Between Two of any Sex

CHICAGO—Opera is probably the most gender-fluid performing art. Yes, Sarah Bernhardt played Hamlet in 1899, and a few years ago Glenda Jackson tackled King Lear. Male swans fill the stage in … »Read

Schumann's Mental Illness Still Cause for Debate

Robert Schumann’s death in a German asylum in 1856 was neither the first nor last incidence of psychiatric illness in his family. His father likely had a nervous breakdown, his mother … »Read

San Antonio Musicians Reject Management's 'Final' Offer

As previously reported , the San Antonio Symphony’s historic financial issues show no signs of abating; the musicians have been performing live since last February (this is Texas, after all) … »Read

Strike at Strathmore Forces Baltimore Symphony to Change Venues

A labor standoff between the Music Center at Strathmore and the union representing its ticket sellers has led the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) to move concerts scheduled on Sept. 25 and Oct. … »Read

Met Opera Names New Host for Radio Broadcasts

Debra Lew Harder, a classical music host and producer for Temple University’s WRTI-FM in Philadelphia, as well as a concert pianist and a medical doctor, is to be the new host of the … »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.

Martin García García, pianist
New Artist of the Month
September 2021
< /p> Tianxu An, pianist
New Artist of the Month
August 2021
Randall Scotting, countertenor
New Artist of the Month
July 2021
Geneva Lewis, violinist
New Artist of the Month
June 2021
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


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