Updated May 28, 2015

BBC Proms Names New Chief

David Pickard, current general director of Glyndebourne and its annual opera festival, is to be the new director of the BBC Proms. He succeeds Edward Blakeman, who will finish his interim term at … »Read

Barenboim's New Toy Will Put Him on the Podium Less Frequently

Daniel Barenboim is in love. His new piano, which he conceived and commissioned, and which is named for him, is the object of his desires. “I’ve fallen in love with it,” he … »Read

Glyndebourne’s Poliuto Opens with Perfect Weather, Perfect Music, Dreary Staging

For once, the British weather got it wrong. The Glyndebourne opera festival, which often begins beneath gray skies and lowering clouds, opened on May 22 to bright spring sunshine. For those brave … »Read

McNeil Robinson Dies at 72

McNeil Robinson, noted organist, teacher, and composer who chaired the Manhattan School of Music’s organ department for over two decades, died on May 9 after a prolonged illness. He was 72. … »Read

New Artistic Partnership in Long Beach, CA

The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, just closing its 80 th -anniversary season, and the Long Beach Camerata Singers, soon to celebrate its 50 th , have formed a partnership that sees each as the … »Read




‘Why I Left Muncie’ by Sedgwick Clark

'Law and Disorder’ by GG Arts Law

'Career Advice' by Legendary Manager Edna Landau

‘An American in Paris by Frank Cadenhead

‘Berlin Times’ by Rebecca Schmid

‘Munich Times by Andrew Powell

‘The Torn Tutu’ by Rachel Straus

‘A Rich Possession’ by James Conlon


Each month, Musical America spotlights an important emerging talent. If you haven't heard of the New Artist of the Month before, we predict you will soon.

Mark Grisez, trumpet
New Artist of the Month
May 2015
Sava Vemic, bass
New Artist of the Month
April 2015
Aleksey Semenenko, violinist
New Artist of the Month
March 2015
Nina Minasyan, soprano
New Artist of the Month
February 2015
Francesco Piemontesi, pianist
New Artist of the Month
January 2015
Juan Francisco Gatell, tenor
New Artist of the Month
December 2014
Speranza Scappucci, conductor
New Artist of the Month
November 2014
Julie Adams, soprano
New Artist of the Month
October 2014
Isaac Selya, conductor
New Artist of the Month
September 2014
Simone Porter, violinist
New Artist of the Month
August 2014
Takaoki Onishi

New Artist of the Month
July 2014
Omer Meir Wellber

New Artist of the Month
June 2014
Peabody Southwell

New Artist of the Month
May 2014


Since 1960, each year Musical America honors several outstanding musicians with an award for excellence.


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