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Tchaikovsky Piano Finals Go Viral, for All the Wrong Reasons

June 28, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The final round of the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition on June 25 featured the sort of mix up that is a competition organizer’s worst nightmare. Pianist Tianxu An, who in the words of one observer “seemed imperturbable in the first … » Read

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Russia Dominates Tchaikovsky Competition So Far

June 28, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Top winners in each of the six categories of the Tchaikovsky competition have been chosen. The grand prize winner will be announced June 29. Woodwinds First Prize and Gold Medal: Matvey Demin (Russia, flute) Out of 48 live contenders Brass First … » Read

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Ukrainian Baritone Wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the Word

June 23, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Ukrainian baritone Andrei Kymach, 31, has won the biennial BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition; he gets £20,000, an elaborate trophy, and the launch lad for a potentially huge career. The prize has been won in the past by the likes … » Read

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David Pountney, Alexander Goehr Honored by RPS

June 20, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) has added two new honorary members—opera director Sir David Pountney and composer Alexander Goehr—to its roster of musical illuminati. Carl Maria von Weber was the first to receive such … » Read

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Young Russian Soprano Wins Siemens Opera Contest

June 18, 2019 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The Siemens Opera Contest has been won by 21-year-old Russian soprano Liubov Medvedeva; she competed over the weekend against ten other singers at the Opéra Garnier in Paris. She takes home 10,000 euros Judges for the event were Jean-Yves … » Read

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Fedora: Europe's Funding Mechanism for Opera & Ballet

June 18, 2019 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Government funding for culture has long been far greater in Europe than in the U.S. But the economic downturn of 2008 led many Western European nations to make sharp reductions for the arts—austerity cuts that in many instances have yet to … » Read

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