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Pulitzer Endows the SLSO Music Directorship

October 3, 2023 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Joining podium-endowed symphony orchestras from Alabama to Detroit, Wichita, and Chicago, the St. Louis Symphony has enlisted the aid of its most generous donors to endow its music director position. The post currently occupied by Stéphane … » Read

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Besançon Chooses Its Winner

September 25, 2023 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The biennial Besançon International Conductors competition concluded Saturday, with 25-year-old Frenchman Swann Van Rechem emerging as winner of the Grand Prix, as well as the audience and orchestra prizes. He receives 12,000 euros plus … » Read

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2023 Praemium Imperiale Awards to Marsalis, Robert Wilson, Et al.

September 19, 2023 | by Anthony Brown, Musical America
In Tokyo, the president of the Goethe Institute and a representative of the Japan Art Association announced the recipients of the 2023 Praemium Imperiale Awards, considered by many to be the “Nobel Prize of the Arts.” Presented since … » Read

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Competition Updates From Hungary and Australia

August 30, 2023 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The second edition of the Zoltán Kodály Conducting Competition, held in Debrecen, Hungary from August 20 – 28, failed to produce a first prize winner. Alexander Sinan Binder (Germany) and Mateusz Gwizdalla (Australia/Poland) … » Read

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American Contralto Wins Queen Sonja Competition

August 29, 2023 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Jasmin White has been announced as the winner of the 2023 Queen Sonja Singing Competition. The American contralto takes home €50,000 as well as an original artwork made by Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway. The second prize of €10,000 … » Read

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OPERA America Names 2023 Hall of Fame Inductees

August 24, 2023 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
OPERA America has announced the seven inductees of the Class of 2023 into the Opera Hall of Fame. Established in 2020 to mark the 50 th anniversary of Opera America, the Hall of Fame includes artists, administrators, and advocates who have … » Read

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Korean Conductor/Composer Wins Salzburg's Herbert von Karajan Award

August 8, 2023 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
South Korean conductor Hankyeol Yoon, 29, has won the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award, a biannual competition whose latest iteration took place last weekend at the Salzburg Festival. He was among the 323 candidates from 54 countries … » Read

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Recent High Profile Awards to High Profile Artists

July 28, 2023 | Rick Beard, Musical America
Gianandrea Noseda received the Puccini Award on July 20 at the conclusion of his tour with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at the Puccini Festival. The award, established in 1971, recognizes artists for perpetuating the … » Read

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'Tis the Season: An Explosion of Competition Wins & Awards

July 21, 2023 | Rick Beard, Musical America
The Gilmore, which hosts an annual piano festival at his home base in Kalamazoo, MI, also chooses an official Gilmore Artist every four years, and Gilmore Young Artists every two. Igor Levit was the last Gilmore Artist, in 2020, and the two Young … » Read

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Among 324 Choirs from 46 Countries, World Choir Games Names Winners

July 17, 2023 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The 12th World Choir Games (WCG), concluded July 13 in Gangneung, Korea, following what the organization describes as “the largest global choral competition,” and awarding some 69 Gold, 19 Silver, and four Bronze medals after 11 days … » Read

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