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Montreal Competition Chooses Seasoned Prize Winner

May 19, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The Montreal International Music Competition concluded over the weekend after a series of live rounds May 5 to 16; the finals took place in the city’s Maison Symphonique with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra led by Xian Zhang.   First … » Read

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Pulitzer Prize for Music Goes to Saxophone Concerto

May 7, 2024 | Edward Egerton, Musical America
Tyshawn Sorey has won the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for Music with Adagio (for Wadada Leo Smith) , a concerto of sorts for saxophone and concerto, commissioned by the Lucerne Festival and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The former presented the world … » Read

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Gould Foundation Gets $12M

April 24, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The Canadian government has allocated $12 million to the Glenn Gould Foundation over the next five years. Since its creation in 1983, the foundation has leveraged its biennial Glenn Gould Prize—a multidisciplinary award for excellence and … » Read

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Five Weeks of Competition Wins

April 19, 2024 | Rick Beard, Musical America
Japanese violinist Yuki Hirano , 19, placed first in the Vienna Classic Violin Competition on April 5 at the city’s Music and Arts University. A recent graduate of Tokyo’s Toho Gakeun College of Drama and Music, she takes home … » Read

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2 Conductors Feted, One Ascendant, One Ascended

April 12, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
François López-Ferre r is the recipient of this year’s $30,000 Georg Solti Conducting Award, bestowed annually by the Solti Foundation “to a single, promising American conductor 36 years of age or younger.” A … » Read

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Tines, Thorvaldsdottir Anointed by House of Chanel

April 4, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The House of Chanel, that very chic brand of haute couture, jewelry, fragrances, et al., has a “Culture Fund,” out of which it biennially recognizes “ten international contemporary artists who are redefining their … » Read

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Sphinx Names Medal of Excellence Winners

March 29, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The Sphinx Organization, which supports Black and Latinx classical musicians, has named three 2024 Medal of Excellence recipients, each of whom gets a $50,000 career grant in recognition of their leadership, artistry, and “spirit of … » Read

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80% of Piano Competitions Are Won by Men. That's Not OK.

March 27, 2024 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
The numbers don’t lie. In the world of piano competitions, there is a huge gender gap. Of the most recent 40 major competitions, 82 percent were won by men. In a third of these events, all the finalists were male. The numbers are almost … » Read

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Avery Fisher Career Grants Announced

March 22, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
This year’s Avery Fisher Career Grantees, each of whom gets $25,000, include two chamber groups at opposite ends of the musical spectrum, two violinists, and a pianist. Decided upon by an A-list of mostly east-coast artistic administrators … » Read

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La Maestra Conducting Comp Picks Winners

March 21, 2024 | Edward Egerton, Musical America
The third edition of La Maestra International Conductors Competition concluded last weekend at the Philharmonie de Paris. Fourteen candidates led the Paris Mozart Orchestra before a jury overseen by Nathalie Stutzmann. Bar Avni [pictured], 34, of … » Read

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