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Alistair Coleman Becomes YCA Composer-in-Residence

March 21, 2023 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Young Concert Artists (YCA) has announced that Alistair Coleman will be their 2023 composer-in-residence. Coleman, who hails from Washington, DC, was selected out of nearly 150 applications for the position that comes with a three-year management … » Read

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A Few Important Competition Deadlines

March 17, 2023 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Applications close on April 20 for the 77th Concours de Genève String Quartet and Flute Competitions 2023. The latter is open to candidates born after November 4, 1993. the former to string quartets whose members were born after October … » Read

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American Conductor Wins Siemens Hallé Comp

March 16, 2023 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Twenty-four-year-old Euan Shields has won the 2023 edition of the Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition. The American conductor was among the more than 200 aspiring maestros from six continents who applied to compete; eight … » Read

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Simon Estes Receives SFO Medal

March 14, 2023 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
San Francisco Opera Medal, the company’s highest honor, has been awarded to bass-baritone Simon Estes, among the first African American opera singers to receive international recognition and the very first to be hired by an American … » Read

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Sphinx Awards Its Medals of Excellence

March 10, 2023 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
On March 1, the Sphinx Organization awarded its highest honor—the Medal of Excellence, recognizing extraordinary Black and Latinx classical musicians —to three artists, each of whom receives $50,000. Cuban-American cellist Tommy Mesa … » Read

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Recent International Competition Wins

March 9, 2023 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The Arete Quartet from South Korea was chosen as winner of the 15 th International Mozart Competition string quartet category, taking home a cash prize of €20,000 ($21,100). The foursome—violinists Chae-Ann Jeon and Dong-Hwi Kim, … » Read

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Curtis Gets $10M

March 9, 2023 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
The tuition-free Curtis Institute of Music seems to receive multi-million-dollar gifts on a regular basis. The latest is $10 million from longtime board member Penelope P. Watkins; the monies are intended to endow the school’s … » Read

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Catching Up with Competition Results

February 24, 2023 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The last three months have seen quite a few major competitions reach their final verdicts. Herewith an attempt to catch up on results; next week’s column will cover upcoming competition dates and application deadlines. Stay tuned.   E … » Read

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London Foundation Comp Winners Announced

February 20, 2023 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
The George and Nora London Foundation competition concluded after three days over the weekend at the Morgan Library in Manhattan. There were 78 semifinalists competing (out of 152 applicants), whittled down to 12 finalists by Saturday evening. … » Read

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Time for Three Tops the Classical Grammys

February 6, 2023 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Many Grammys are awarded just prior to the televised ones; classical music's among them. Below is the complete list, with a few strange ones, including the awarding of “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” to Time for Three, a trio; … » Read

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