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2024 Grawemeyer Award to Serbian-American Composer

December 4, 2023 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Aleksandra Vrebalov, 53, has won the 2024 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition for Missa Supratext (“Mass Above Words”), for string quartet and girls’ chorus, with limited percussion. The 22-minute … » Read

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Long Beach Opera Gets $1.25M-plus

December 1, 2023 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Long Beach Opera, an ambitious and occasionally audacious opera company with an annual operating budget of about $2 million, has received $1.25M from the estate of late (d. 2021) board member Carol Richards, the largest single gift in the … » Read

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Competitions and Awards Monthly Wrap-up

December 1, 2023 | Rick Beard, Musical America
Canada Council for the Arts has chosen cellist Bryan Cheng as recipient of its 2023 Virginia Parker Prize . The annual award, which goes to a distinguished classical instrumentalist or conductor under the age of 32, comes with a $25,000CAD prize. … » Read

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NEC Boasts a Banner Month of Competition Wins

November 22, 2023 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The students and alumni of the New England Conservatory have recently been taking the competition world by storm. The NEC’s run of luck began in June a year ago, when Yunchan Lim took home the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International … » Read

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American Musician Wins $100,000 in Beijing

November 17, 2023 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
American violinist Joshua Brown took home the Gold Medal at the 2023 Global Music Education League Competition, held in Beijing for ten days in early November. His win carries with it a $100,000 cash award as well as international management and … » Read

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Chamber Music America Announces Biennial Cleveland Quartet Award

November 15, 2023 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Chamber Music America’s biennial Cleveland Quartet Award, which goes to an up-and-coming ensemble with “significant promise,” will be presented at CMA’s January conference in New York to the Balourdet Quartet. The award … » Read

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Indianapolis Arts Groups Receive Millions from ''Sunsetting'' Foundation

November 14, 2023 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
As part of its plan to “sunset”—distribute the entirety of its $55 million in resources—the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation has announced a number of significant “legacy” grants to Indianapolis-area cultural … » Read

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A Few Major Competition Results

November 10, 2023 | Rick Beard, Musical America
On Nov. 5 in Cape Town, South Africa, the 30 th -anniversary edition of Operalia awarded prizes in a number of categories. The competition was founded three decades ago by Plácido Domingo to encourage the development of promising singers … » Read

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Catching up with Fall Competitions and Awards

October 27, 2023 | Rick Beard, Musical America
Violinist Gidon Kremer has been awarded the 2023 Beethoven Prize for Human Rights , honoring his work on behalf of social justice. Scheduled to receive the award at a ceremony in Bonn on Nov. 19, the 76-year-old Latvian artist has consistently … » Read

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White House Honors Esteemed Berklee Prof

October 23, 2023 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
In a ceremony at Boston’s Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain on Oct. 20, composer, educator, and author Dr. Bill Banfield received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, aka the Call to Service Award, which was created in 2003 by … » Read

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