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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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Competitions: A Withdrawal, a Comeback, and Women Composer Grants

June 14, 2019 | Brian Wise, Musical America
The height of competition season has highlighted some promising talent and generated some inevitable controversies. The 10th Leopold Mozart Violin Competition , held in Augsburg, Germany, concluded last Saturday with first prize awarded to Joshua … » Read

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Borletti-Buitoni Grants to 5 Music-for-Wellness Programs

June 14, 2019 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Five international nonprofits that enrich the lives of disadvantaged communities through music are recipients of grants between £30,000 and £40,000 from BBT Communities, the newly formed division of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT). … » Read

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A Few Changes at the Leeds Competition

June 12, 2019 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
The Leeds International Piano Competition has announced several steps to enhance its already robust status as a leading competition. Foremost is a new partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO). At the next competition, in … » Read

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Philadelphia O Gets $55M, Largest Gift in Its History

June 6, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The Philadelphia Orchestra has received $55 million, the largest gift in its history, with five million unrestricted and the rest earmarked for the endowment. The gift, made through the California-based Silicon Valley Community Foundation, comes … » Read

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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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