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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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Competitions Named for Beethoven and the Other Elisabeth Wrap Up

June 2, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The appropriately named Egmont Trio has won first prize at the “Beethoven in His Time” Competition for historical performance practice in Siegburg, Germany. The trio, formed in 2019, includes violinist Luiza Labouriau, cellist Martin … » Read

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Juilliard Singers Take Top Prizes at Naumburg Competition

June 1, 2021 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Mezzo-soprano Erin Wagner, a Manhattan School graduate working on her master’s degree at the Juilliard School, won the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation's 2021 International Vocal Competition, which concluded May 27. The Texas native takes home … » Read

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Spanish Artists Take Top Honors in Four Major Competitions

May 28, 2021 | Brian Wise, Musical America
V iva Españ a! Spanish artists clinched the top slots in four different competitions this month. The 16th Donatella Flick Conducting Competition concluded May 23 in London,  awarding first prize to Julio García Vico, a Spanish … » Read

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LA Master Chorale Gets $1.5 Million

May 25, 2021 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
The Los Angeles Master Chorale is among the nearly 100 L.A. arts organizations with (prepandemic) budgets of under $10 million to receive Covid-19 recovery support from the L.A. Arts Recovery Fund. The Chorale has received $1.5 million, the top … » Read

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Menuhin Competition Winners Announced

May 24, 2021 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
The biennial Menuhin Competition concluded Saturday in Richmond, VA, naming 18-year-old violinist María Dueñas of Spain as the first-prize winner of the senior division, and 15-year-old violinist Keila Wakao of Japan (currently … » Read

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KenCen Honorees Gather in DC & Finally Get Their Accolades

May 23, 2021 | Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Friday night's Kennedy Center Honors was a slimmed-down affair as the nation emerged from the coronavirus pandemic — but honoree Dick Van Dyke still called it  “the capper on my career.” The 43rd … » Read

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Two Sopranos, One Conductor, Two Prizes

May 19, 2021 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Swedish soprano Johanna Wallroth [pictured] was awarded the 200,000 SEK (about $24.000) Birgit Nilsson Stipendium, or scholarship, on May 17, the birthday of the prize’s namesake. A member of the Opernstudio of the Wiener Staatsoper, the … » Read

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