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Greek National Opera Gets

July 5, 2024 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)has followed up a recently completed four-year grant to the Greek National Opera (GNO) with a new two-year award of €11,000,000 to support the company’s outreach efforts. The initial grant is widely … » Read

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A Few June Competition Wins

June 21, 2024 | Rick Beard, Musical America
Yuki Serino [pictured, with competition official] took home the top prize at the inaugural Città de Cremona Violin Competition , held on June 12 in Cremona’s Museo del Violino. The 18-year-old Japanese artist, currently studying at … » Read

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Recent Non-competitive Awards and Honors

June 13, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
At a ceremony at the Ministry of Culture in Rome, Italian violinist Uto Ughi received a lifetime achievement award from Italy’s Chamber of Deputies recognizing the 80-year-old’s extraordinary contribution to Italian musical culture. … » Read

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Recent Competition Wins: Strings

June 12, 2024 | Rick Beard, Musical America
Violinist Xiao Wang bested 20 contestants to win first prize at the New York Classic Violin Competition on May 31st. The 37-year-old string player, currently a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music, received a €20,000 cash prize … » Read

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Recent Competition Wins: Piano and Voice

June 11, 2024 | Rick Beard, Musical America
Moscow-born pianist Ilya Shmukler [pictured] has swept the triennial Géza Anda Competition awards, winning first prize of 40,000 CHF (about $45,000) along with the audience prize, the Mozart prize, the special prize of the Hungarian Radio … » Read

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National Symphony Announces $10M Gift

June 11, 2024 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
In announcing a new board leadership slate, the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) has disclosed an endowment gift from longtime trustee Roger Sant of $10 million, the orchestra’s largest ever single gift and bringing Sant’s largesse … » Read

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Siemens Chooses Berlin Phil Conductor Fellow

June 10, 2024 | Edward Egerton, Musical America
Peruvian conductor Dayner Tafur-Diaz, 26, was yesterday announced as winner of the Siemens Conductors Scholarship, entitling him to work with the Berliner Philharmoniker Karajan Academy for two years starting in October. He will also assist … » Read

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Occidental College Gets $5M to Create Music Institute

June 7, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Music biz attorney John G. Branca has announced a $5 million gift to Occidental College, his alma mater, to establish an Institute for Music bearing his name at the private liberal arts college in Los Angeles. The idea is to partner with local … » Read

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An Artistic Triumph Dampened by Human Behavior

June 5, 2024 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
On June 1 Ukrainian violinist Dmytro Udovychenko celebrated his 25th birthday with a performance of Shostakovich’s First Concerto that won him first place at the 2024 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in Brussels. The first … » Read

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Herb Alpert School Gets $5M

May 24, 2024 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Berry Gordy, founder of Motown, formerly Motown Records, has pledged a $5 million gift to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, established as a standalone music school in 2008 by a gift of $30 million from its namesake. The Gordy monies will go … » Read

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