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Banff Centre Receives 'Transformational' Gift

June 4, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
In what it describes as one of its largest ever individual gifts, the Banff Centre has received a “transformational” amount in honor of Calgary-born philanthropist, Mrs. Jenny Belzberg, from her children. The donors do not wish … » Read

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Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition Concludes in Helsinki

May 31, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
The Eighth Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition concluded earlier in the week in Helsinki, FI, an international quinquennial competition that awards a total of €173,000 spread across nine prizes, four to men, four to women, and one … » Read

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Coveted Queen Elisabeth Prize to American Violinist

May 28, 2019 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
American violinist Stella Chen, 26, has won the 2019 International Queen Elisabeth Grand Prize—Queen Mathilde Prize, worth €25,000 and numerous concerts in Belgium and abroad. She will also have the use of the “Huggins” … » Read

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Three Finalists Dig in at China Piano Competition

May 20, 2019 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The 20 contenders have been winnowed down to just three, and today they are performing concertos by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev with the Philadelphia Orchestra under its Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The First … » Read

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18-Year-Old Competition Champ Adds Another $150,000 to His Stash

May 20, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Tony Sigi Yun, an 18-year-old Canadian pianist enrolled in the pre-college division of the Juilliard School, has won the China International Music Competition, earning $150,000 and management for three years by Opus 3 Artists in the West and by … » Read

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Spring Competition Round-up

May 17, 2019 | Brian Wise, Musical America
The 71 st annual Prague Spring Competition , which this year focused on oboe and flute, concluded on May 14 in Prague’s Dvorák Hall. Winning the oboe category was Martin Danek, a Czech oboist who performs in the Lucerne and Iceland … » Read

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China's Big Bucks Competition Names Semifinalists

May 10, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The first China International Music Competition, currently underway in Beijing at the China Conservatory of Music, has announced the 12 semifinalists; they will now work their way toward the finals on May 20 with the Philadelphia Orchestra under … » Read

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Sphinx Gets Largest Grant in Its History

May 9, 2019 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The Sphinx Organization has received $3 million from the Fund II Foundation, the largest grant in its history. Sphinx President and Artistic Director Afa S. Dworkin predicts the monies will bolster its leadership and development programs to … » Read

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Beverly Sills Artist Award to Lindemann Young Artist Alumna

May 7, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Safe to say, Cuban-American soprano Lisette Oropesa is having a very good year. Today, the Metropolitan Opera announced her as the winner of the 14th annual Beverly Sills Artist Award, a $50,000 prize to “extraordinarily gifted singers with … » Read

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New Piano Competition in China Offers $150,000 Top Prize

April 22, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Some 20 pianists, chosen by invitation, are to compete in the First China International Music Competition starting on May 4, to be held in Beijing at the China Conservatory of Music. The government-funded event offers an unprecedented (for an … » Read

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