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Midori Among KenCen 2021 Honorees

January 13, 2021 |
WASHINGTON (AP) — Five months after they were postponed because of the coronavirus, the annual Kennedy Center Honors are coming back in May, possibly in a series of small events, organizers announced Wednesday. This year’s recipients … » Read

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Bach Medal Shared by Two Noted Musicologists

January 12, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
For the first time in its history, the 2021 Bach Medal of the City of Leipzig will be shared by two recipients—the musicologists Hans-Joachim Schulze and Christoph Wolff.  Established in 2003 to recognize individuals whose research or … » Read

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NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs Announces $47.1M in Grants

December 16, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs has announced over $47.1million in grants to 1,032 cultural groups in fiscal 2020. Recipients range from the Brooklyn Steppers to the Metropolitan Opera, from under $9,000 to over $100,000. In its … » Read

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Andrea Marcon Wins Handel Prize

December 10, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The Handel House Foundation has chosen the Italian conductor, harpsichordist and organist Andrea Marcon as winner of the 2021 Handel Prize of the City of Halle an der Saale. The honorary award recognizes special artistic, academic, or cultural … » Read

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A Prize from the Home Front for Yannick

December 4, 2020 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Yannick Nézet-Séguin has received Orchestra Canada’s Betty Webster Award, an annual prize to a group or individual for their contribution to the health of the country’s orchestral community. Nominated by his longtime … » Read

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Malko Conducting Comp Boasts Record Number of Applicants

December 3, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Danish National Symphony Orchestra reports that it has received a record number of applications for its triennial Malko Competition for Young Conductors, scheduled to take place June 7 – 12, 2021. In total, 612 young men and women under age … » Read

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Bouquets & Brickbats at Oper! Awards

December 2, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Since Germany has more opera houses per capita (80, to be precise) than the U.S. has Starbucks, a win at one of the country’s annual Oper! Awards is an important accomplishment, even—or perhaps especially--in the year of the pandemic. … » Read

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Awards Update: Young Concert Artists, Royal Phil Society, More

November 20, 2020 | Brian Wise, Musical America
In what has become a rare phenomenon for 2020, Young Concert Artists held an in-person competition on Nov. 8 at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall. Three winners were chosen from a finalist pool of ten instrumentalists and singers. They are: … » Read

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And Now for Something Completely Different: Musical America 2021

November 17, 2020 |
Susan Elliott, Musical America
The 2021 Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts is a major departure from the version that first appeared in 1961—and every year since--with Leonard Bernstein on the cover as Musician of the Year. For one thing, … » Read

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Four Diversity Initiatives Embraced by the Sphinx Venture Fund

November 13, 2020 | Brian Wise, Musical America
The Sphinx Organization on Wednesday announced the second round of its annual Sphinx Venture Fund grants, awarding gifts of between $50,000 and $100,000 to four recipients that intend to promote cultural diversity in classical music. The … » Read

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