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Competition Wins and Honorary Awards

February 6, 2024 | Rick Beard, Musical America
Mannes School of Music at The New School’s College of Performing Arts has chosen Robert Bily to receive the 2024 Alexis Gregory Vendome Prize. The 26-year-old Czech pianist receives $30,000 cash as well as several concert dates throughout … » Read

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To Combat Sexism, Leeds Introduces Blind Pre-selection Rounds

February 6, 2024 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Fiona Sinclair, chief executive of the Leeds International Piano Competition, has taken aim at the bias that stunts the concert careers of female pianists regardless of their talents. Armed with data from several recent studies, she points to the … » Read

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Louisville O Wins Its First Grammy

February 5, 2024 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
For the first time in its 87-year history, the Louisville Orchestra has received a Grammy Award, winning for The American Project in the Best Classical Instrument Solo category. The original composition, by the orchestra’s music director … » Read

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The Classical Grammy Award Winners: The List

February 5, 2024 | Musical America
Best Orchestra Performance Thomas Adès: Dante Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Los Angeles Philharmonic   Best Opera Performance Terence Blanchard: Champion Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Ryan Speedo Green, Latonia Moore, … » Read

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Royal Phil Society Nods to Nearly Ended BBC Singers

January 31, 2024 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
The past year ended on a much happier note for the BBC Singers than it began. In early March the BBC announced that the choral group would be disbanded in order to enable the media giant to invest “more widely in the future of choral … » Read

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Sphinx Names Winners of Its Two Competitions

January 30, 2024 | Edward Egerton, Musical America
Capping its annual conference, titled this year “Amplify,” the Sphinx Organization presented the finals of its senior division competition on January 27 in Detroit’s Fisher Music Center. Taking the $50,000 Robert Frederick … » Read

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Queen Sonja Competition Gets $10M

January 30, 2024 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
The Tom Wilhelmsen Foundation has made a NOK 10 million ($960,000) gift to the Queen Sonja Singing Competition. Established in 1988, the biennial Norwegian competition provides an arena for aspiring singers from Norway and around the world to … » Read

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New Jury Head, New Deadline for Concours Géza Anda

January 26, 2024 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The sudden death last November of Franz Xaver Ohnesorg , the jury chairman-designate for the 16 th Concours Géza Anda 2024, has led to the appointment of Rico Gulda, pianist and head of artistic planning at the Vienna Konzerthaus, as the … » Read

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Igor Levit Awarded Wigmore Hall Medal

January 22, 2024
On January 19, following his recital of Brahms’s complete late piano works, Russian-born German pianist Igor Levit, 36, became the youngest artist ever to receive the Wigmore Hall Medal. Since making his debut at age 13 at Great … » Read

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Hilary Hahn Awarded the Avery Fisher Prize

January 11, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Last night, on the stage of David Geffen, formerly Avery Fisher, Hall, violinist Hilary Hahn was awarded the $100,000 Avery Fisher Prize in recognition of her outstanding artistic achievement and leadership in classical music. The award, … » Read

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