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45th Annual KenCen Honors: Soup to Nuts and Back Again

July 21, 2022 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The Kennedy Center has announced the recipients of this year's honors for “lifetime artistic achievements,” and it’s a mixed bag indeed: Think movie star George Clooney meets composer Tania León meets rock group U2 meets … » Read

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Sphinx Announces 2023 Medals of Excellence

July 19, 2022 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Three musicians are recipients of the Sphinx Organization’s 2023 Medal of Excellence. Cellist Thomas Mesa, soprano Aundi Marie Moore, and composer Joel Thompson will each receive the medal and a $50,000 career grant recognizing … » Read

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Competition Catch-up: Russians & Ukrainians Centerstage

July 15, 2022 | Brian Wise, Musical America
With Russia and Ukraine in the news on a daily basis, their respective artists have been especially visible on the competitions circuit, not least at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition , where a Russian and a Ukrainian took second … » Read

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Neue Stimmen Competition Winners Named

July 5, 2022 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
The finals of the 19 th International Singing Competition Neue Stimmen, June 26-30 in Gütersloh’s Stadthalle, have been won by Italian soprano Francesca Pia Vitale and Spanish baritone Carles Pachon, each of whom takes home 15,000 … » Read

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Cliburn Gold to 18-Year-Old South Korean Pianist

June 19, 2022 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
South Korean pianist Yunchan Lim took the gold last night at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, TX. At age 18, he becomes the youngest ever to win the 60-year-old competition and the second Korean in a row, after … » Read

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Women Sweep the 2022 Montreal Vocal Competition

June 13, 2022 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The Montreal International Music Competition, Voice 2022, concluded on June 9 with Canadian mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh and American soprano Meredith Wohlgemuth taking home the top prizes. Five of the six prizes in the two competition divisions … » Read

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Competition Results: Conductors, the Cliburn, Violinists, Singers

June 8, 2022 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
This week alone, competition results have been packing the Inbox. In addition to cellist Hayoung Choi’s win at the International Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and Bertie Baigent’s at the first I nternational Conducting … » Read

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MPR Gets $56M Anonymous Gift--for Classical Music & the Technology to Support It

June 8, 2022 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) has received a cash gift of $56 million, the largest in its 55-year history. The donor wanted to remain anonymous, but specified that the funds support classical music initiatives through MPR's YourClassical and … » Read

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Kaufman Music Center Gets $5M Endowment Gift

June 8, 2022 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
The Kaufman Music Center has launched a $10 million endowment drive with a $5 million gift from its namesakes, Elaine and Henry Kaufman. To date, the campaign has already received an additional $2.5 million toward the final $10 million. Located … » Read

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Korean Woman Wins Queen Elisabeth Grand Prize

June 6, 2022 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Sunday, Korean cellist Hayoung Choi, 24, was declared winner of the International Queen Elisabeth Grand Prize, earning 250,000 euros and numerous concerts in Belgium. German-born, she   studied at the Korean National University of Arts the … » Read

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