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Anne-Sophie Mutter Among Three 2019 Polar Music Prize Winners

February 13, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
In an unusual turn of events, the Polar Music Prize this year is awarded to three entities: a pop artist, classical artist, and a foundation dedicated to bringing arts education to underserved children around the world. Each receives one million … » Read

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A Few New Names Win Classical Grammys

February 10, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Dmitri Shostakovich’s winning streak at the Grammy awards continues. Sunday in Los Angeles, at the pre-telecast award ceremony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra won for Best Orchestral Album with Andris Nelsons conducting the composers Fourth … » Read

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Winners Announced for Sphinx Competition Senior/Junior Divisions

February 5, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Juilliard cellist Sterling Elliott [pictured], 19, has won the senior division of the 22 nd annual Sphinx competition for young Black and Latinx string players, which concluded over the weekend in Detroit. He takes home $50,000, plus $5,000 for … » Read

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Barbara Hannigan Wins Sonning Prize

February 5, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan, also a conductor of some note, has been awarded the 2020 Léonie Sonning Music Prize, Denmark’s highest musical honor. Hannigan is especially known for her commitment to new music, having premiered … » Read

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A First: €250,000 Siemens Prize to a Woman Composer

January 17, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
British composer Rebecca Saunders has been announced as the winner of the 2019 international Ernst von Siemens prize of 250,000 euros. She is the first woman composer to be so designated. Established in 1972 by the grandson of the industrial … » Read

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New Diversity Grants Available from Orchestra League, OPERA America

January 10, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Within 24 hours of each other, Opera America and the League of American Orchestras announced new grant monies for projects that emphasize diversity and inclusion. The League has received $2.1 million from the Mellon Foundation to launch … » Read

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