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Ellis Island Medal Awarded to Composer Peter Boyer

March 6, 2019 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Peter Boyer, an American composer best known for his Grammy Award-nominated work Ellis Island: The Dream of America , for actors and orchestra, has been chosen as one of the recipients of the 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Established in 1986, … » Read

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Finalists Announced for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

March 4, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The 20 competitors for the biennial BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, to be held in St. David’s Hall, June 15-22, were announced today, and Musical America’s New Artist of the Month, bass Patrick Guetti, is one of the two to represent … » Read

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2019 Tchiakovsky Comp Announced, 2 Weeks from Application Deadline

February 27, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The announcement on Feb. 26 that the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition has been scheduled for this June dispelled rumors that the  event might have to be cancelled . The 61-year-old competition, launching pad for some of the … » Read

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George London Foundation Awards Conclude

February 25, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
The 2019 George London Award winners were chosen Friday evening, at the conclusion of three days of auditioning that winnowed down 60 North American contenders to 16 finalists and finally five winners: one soprano; two mezzo sopranos, and two … » Read

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John Adams Wins €150,000 Erasmus Prize

February 25, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
American composer John Adams has been awarded the Erasmus Prize by the Dutch Praemium Erasmianum Foundation. The prize, which includes €150,000, goes annually to an entity “that has made an exceptional contribution to the humanities, … » Read

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Anne-Sophie Mutter Among Three 2019 Polar Music Prize Winners

February 13, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
In an unusual turn of events, the Polar Music Prize this year is awarded to three entities: a pop artist, classical artist, and a foundation dedicated to bringing arts education to underserved children around the world. Each receives one million … » Read

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A Few New Names Win Classical Grammys

February 10, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Dmitri Shostakovich’s winning streak at the Grammy awards continues. Sunday in Los Angeles, at the pre-telecast award ceremony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra won for Best Orchestral Album with Andris Nelsons conducting the composers Fourth … » Read

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Winners Announced for Sphinx Competition Senior/Junior Divisions

February 5, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Juilliard cellist Sterling Elliott [pictured], 19, has won the senior division of the 22 nd annual Sphinx competition for young Black and Latinx string players, which concluded over the weekend in Detroit. He takes home $50,000, plus $5,000 for … » Read

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Barbara Hannigan Wins Sonning Prize

February 5, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan, also a conductor of some note, has been awarded the 2020 Léonie Sonning Music Prize, Denmark’s highest musical honor. Hannigan is especially known for her commitment to new music, having premiered … » Read

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A First: €250,000 Siemens Prize to a Woman Composer

January 17, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
British composer Rebecca Saunders has been announced as the winner of the 2019 international Ernst von Siemens prize of 250,000 euros. She is the first woman composer to be so designated. Established in 1972 by the grandson of the industrial … » Read

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