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U.K. Orchestras Honor Industry Movers & Shakers

February 3, 2023 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
At its current annual conference, the membership of the Association of British Orchestras bestowed its 2023 ABO award on Alan Davey CBE, Controller, BBC Radio 3, for his advocacy on behalf of orchestral music and his nurturing of the BBC’s … » Read

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Sphinx Competition Names Winners

January 31, 2023 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The 2023 Sphinx Competition concluded over the weekend, with violinist Njioma Chinyere Grevious taking the top prize of $50,000 plus a number of solo appearances with major orchestras. She won the $5,000 Audience Choice Prize as well. A graduate … » Read

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Major Voice Competition Bars Applicants of Russian Citizenship

January 26, 2023 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The Queen Sonja Singing Competition, a biennial event whose past winners include Lise Davidsen, will start accepting applications for the inaugural rounds as of February 1, with a deadline of April 1. Live rounds in Oslo run August 17-26, with … » Read

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Yet Another Oscar Nod for John Williams

January 24, 2023 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
John Williams, at 90 the world’s most feted living composer, just received his 53 rd Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score, for Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans. This makes Williams not only the most nominated composer in … » Read

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La Maestra Competition Announces the Next Edition

December 22, 2022 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
On March 8, 2023, International Women Right’s Day, La Maestra Competition will open applications for its third annual iteration. Unlike most competitions, this one has no age limit. And, since the gender balance among conductors remains … » Read

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Competitions: Recent Winners & a Few Deadlines

December 20, 2022 | Emery Kerkes, Musical America
The Voice of Black Opera Awards -- open to Black and South Asian singers from Commonwealth countries and sponsored jointly by the British Black Classical Foundation and Welsh National Opera (WNO)— ended in Birmingham, U.K., on December 6. … » Read

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Another Mega Getty Gift for SFCM

December 6, 2022 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation for the Arts, established in May 2022 to accept the proceeds from the record-breaking sale of the couple’s art collection, has pledged what amounts to the largest gift ever received by the San Francisco … » Read

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2023 Grawemeyer Award for Music Announced

December 5, 2022 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
British composer Julian Anderson has won the 2023 Grawemeyer Award for Music for Litanies , a 25-minute cello concerto premiered in 2020 by German cellist Alban Gerhardt, its dedicatee, and the National Orchestra of France at the Radio France … » Read

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Horowitz Competition for Young Pianists Will Move to Geneva

November 29, 2022 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The invasion of Ukraine has led the International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz, usually held in Kyiv, to accept the invitation of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) to convene this … » Read

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BBC Gives Its Annual Young Musician Competition Short Shrift

November 23, 2022 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Julian Lloyd Webber has taken the BBC to task for sidelining its own annual Young Musician competition. It was first broadcast in 1978 on BBC One, where it annually attracted 13 million viewers. In the mid-1980s, the competition was moved to BBC … » Read

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