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The Musical Awards Reception: 2019 Edition

December 12, 2018 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
“We live in a society that is hostile towards classical music and serious art in general….So it is wonderful to have such organizations as Musical America that still have a voice in the modern day and may help listeners navigate the … » Read

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Grammy Nominations: The (Classical) List

December 10, 2018 | Musical America
The Grammy nominations were announced on December 7, pushed back from December 5 due to President George H.W. Bush's funeral. These apply to the 61st annual awards, scheduled for February 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The portion of … » Read

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Knight Foundation Invests $37M in Miami Arts

December 10, 2018 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
In October, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation invested $20 million in Detroit arts groups , such as Sphinx and Michigan Opera Theater. This month, it announced Miami arts groups will be getting $37 million. Since 2005 the foundation has … » Read

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Recent Competitions: Deadlines and Results

December 7, 2018 | Brian Wise Musical America
Just as the University of Michigan discontinues the M-Priz e, the curtain is rising on a new chamber music competition organized by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, in Birmingham, UK. The title decidedly doesn’t roll off the tongue: The … » Read

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UMich Drops the M-Prize

December 6, 2018 | Brian Wise, Musical America
The University of Michigan’s $100,000 M-Prize has played its swan song. The university’s School of Music, Theater & Dance said on Wednesday that funding for the annual chamber music competition had run out and that the third … » Read

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Dutch Composer Wins Grawemeyer for 'Intercultural' Work

December 3, 2018 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Dutch composer Joel Bons has won the 2019 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, the University announced today. Bons’s one-hour Nomaden , for cello and mixed ensemble, was named as the winning piece. The award, … » Read

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LSO Names Donatella-Flick Winner

November 26, 2018 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Felix Mildenberger, a 28-year-old German conductor, has won the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition for 2018. The competition, created in 1990 by Italian philanthropist Donatella Flick, helps young conductors gain experience working with great … » Read

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2018 Naumburg Violin Competition Winner Named

November 19, 2018 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Seasoned soloist and chamber musician Grace Park has won the top prize in the 2018 Naumburg Violin Competition, one of the five performers in the finals concerts on November 16 at the 92 nd Street Y Kaufmann Concert hall. She takes home $25,000 … » Read

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Wins, Losses, Draws: A Torrent of Competitions

November 16, 2018 | Brian Wise, Musical America
Canadian violinist Timothy Chooi [pictured] delivered a blazing finale to the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and clinched first prize on Oct. 27 at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, Germany. Chooi took home … » Read

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Detroit Arts Groups Get $20M from the Knight Foundation

October 31, 2018 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The arts world of the city of Detroit has just received a huge boost—as in $20 million—from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; monies are being positioned as an “investment” in the city’s arts groups, … » Read

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