Andris Nelsons named Musical America’s Artist of the Year

Posted on: October 17, 2017

“Musical America announces its annual awards today, naming as Artist of the Year Andris Nelsons, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and, as of February 2018, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,” writes Susan Elliott on Tuesday (10/17) at Musicalamerica.com (subscription required). “Nelsons and the other honorees will receive their awards in December at Carnegie Hall, in an event that also marks the publication of the 2018 Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts. This year’s other honorees include Mason Bates, Composer of the Year; violinist Augustin Hadelich, Instrumentalist of the Year; soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, Vocalist of the Year; and Young People’s Chorus Founding Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, Educator of the Year…. Bates … last week had his contract as the Kennedy Center’s first Composer in Residence extended by two years…. A former composer in residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bates, 40, saw his first opera, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, receive its world premiere last summer at the Santa Fe Opera…. Hadelich has championed concertos by Thomas Adès, György Ligeti, and Henri Dutilleux, and received a Grammy Award for his recording of Dutilleux’s L’Arbre Des Songes (The Tree of Dreams) with the Seattle Symphony.” 

Posted October 17, 2017