Philadelphia, December 9, 2015 — Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement congratulating Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director at The Philadelphia Orchestra, on being named Musical America’s 2016 Artist of the Year:
“Yannick Nézet-Séguin is an incredibly talented musician, an artful performer and versatile music director. His skill and passion are matched by his leadership, charisma and understanding.
Since joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2012, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been instrumental in elevating the style and musicianship of this national treasure, The Philadelphia Orchestra. From performing here at home and in New York City, Europe, China and beyond, his presence has taken The Philadelphia Orchestra to the next level of national and international acclaim.
I want to offer my sincerest praise of Yannick’s work and my most heartfelt congratulations on this tremendous honor.”
About Musical America’s Artist of the Year
Musical America has selected an Artist of Year (formerly Musician of the Year) annually since its inaugural awards in 1960, when Leonard Bernstein was named. Since then, artistic heavyweights as Itzhak Pearlman, James Levine, Plácido Domingo, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Yo-Yo Ma have been honored with the award.
Additional Musical America Award winners for 2016 include Tod Machover (Composer of the Year), Jennifer Koh (Instrumentalist of the Year), Mark Padmore (Vocalist of the Year), and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Ensemble of the Year).
About Musical America
Founded as a weekly newspaper in 1898, Musical America through the years has appeared in a variety of formats. Today, it is both the International Directory of the Performing Arts and musicalamerica.com.
The annual Directory, known as the “bible” of the industry, features over 14,000 detailed listings of worldwide arts organizations, with over 8,000 artists indexed both alphabetically and categorically. The first Directory was published in 1960, which is also when the tradition of choosing a Musician of the Year began. Awards for Instrumentalist, Conductor, Composer, and Vocalist of the Year date from 1992; Ensemble of the Year from 1995.
Returning to Musical America’s newspaper roots, MusicalAmerica.com was launched in December 1998 and now publishes up to six performing arts news stories daily, by national and international correspondents around the globe. Most of the Directory listings are also available at www.musicalamerica.com.