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Sphinx Announces Annual Medals for Excellence

July 26, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The Sphinx Organization has awarded its Medal of Excellence, and accompanying $50,000 career grant, to each of three artists: pianist Michelle Cann, violinist Randall Goosby, and soprano Karen Slack. “These leaders set extraordinary … » Read

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Kennedy Center Announces Honors Class of ‘21

July 23, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced the five recipients of the 44th Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements. They are bass-baritone and opera star Justino Díaz; Motown founder, songwriter, … » Read

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Seattle Arts Fellowship Announces Inaugural Cohort of Color

July 20, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
As part of a bold new joint initiative to support emerging arts administrators and leaders of color, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Seattle Symphony have announced the first recipients of the Seattle Arts Fellowship. The 2021/22 … » Read

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Drive-by View of Competition Entry Causes Dust-up

July 9, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
An accordionist entered in this year’s online Ysaÿe International Music Competition, is threatening to sue the competition organizers for spending no more than 22 and 23 seconds viewing two videos he and his partner in “Duo … » Read

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Competitions: Online, in Person, and Any Way Possible

July 2, 2021 | Brian Wise, Musical America
Moving to the spring and held for the second time virtually, Concert Artists Guild’ s annual competition concluded on June 9 by awarding grand prizes to four recipients: the Chromic Duo [pictured], a New York-based electronic toy-piano duo … » Read

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American Pianists Awards Names Its Winner

June 28, 2021 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Kenny Broberg has won the biennial 2021 American Pianists Awards competition, completed yesterday in Indianapolis. In addition to a $50,000 cash prize--awarded as well to the other four finalists (Mackenzie Melemed, Sam Hong, Michael Davidman and … » Read

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Korean Baritone Wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

June 21, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
South Korean baritone Gihoon Kim won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021 on the weekend, the sole male among the five finalists. Held in Wales on the stage of an empty St. David's Hall in Cardiff, home of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, … » Read

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Pulitzer Prize in Music to Tania León

June 13, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Cuban-American composer Tania León, 78, has won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her 15-minute work Stride , premiered by The New York Philharmonic on Feb. 2020, one of the orchestra’s Project 19 commissions of as many works by … » Read

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Quarantining for the Chance to Be 'Singer of the World'

June 9, 2021 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Flying halfway around the world to compete in the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World contest and then having to quarantine in your hotel room for ten days is a recipe for cabin fever. When the Kosovar soprano Elbenita Kajtazi Halimi is … » Read

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League Recognizes Five Musicians for Going the Extra Mile

June 4, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Five orchestra musicians are set to receive a Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service in an online ceremony at the League of American Orchestras conference on June 7. The award carries a $2,500 cash prize for each musician, with … » Read

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