Marin Alsop, Yo-Yo Ma, Stephanie Blythe

Musican of the Year
Conductor of the Year
Vocalist of the Year

November 11, 2008 
Opus 3 Artists proudly congratulates the 2009 Musical America Award Honorees from our distinguished roster of artists, Yo-Yo Ma, Marin Alsop, and Stephanie Blythe. Musical America today announced the winners of the annual Musical America Awards, recognizing artistic excellence and achievement in the arts.

The announcement coincides with the publication of the 2009 Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts, which, in addition to its comprehensive industry listings, pays homage to each of these artists in its editorial pages.

The annual Musical America Awards will be presented in a special ceremony at Lincoln Center on December 15.

Yo-Yo Ma
The many-faceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. He maintains a balance between his engagements as a soloist with orchestras throughout the world and his recital and chamber music activities. He draws inspiration from a wide circle of collaborators, each fueled by the artists’ interactions. One of Mr. Ma’s goals is the exploration of music as a means of communication, and as a vehicle for the migrations of ideas, across a range of cultures throughout the world. Expanding upon this interest, he established the Silk Road Project to promote the study of the cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade route that stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Mr. Ma is strongly committed to educational programs that not only bring young audiences into contact with music but also allow them to participate in its creation. He has received numerous awards including the Avery Fisher Prize in 1978, the Glenn Gould Prize in 1999, and the National Medal of the Arts in 2001. In 2006, Yo-Yo Ma was appointed a U.N. Messenger of Peace.

Marin Alsop
Marin Alsop is the first woman to head a major American orchestra with her appointment as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony, mirroring her success in the U.K. as Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony. Ms. Alsop’s relationship with the Baltimore Symphony has helped foster a dynamic music scene in the area from which she has emerged as one of most effective advocates for music education and outreach, not only in Baltimore, but throughout the world. The first artist to win Gramophone's "Artist of the Year" award and the Royal Philharmonic Society's Conductor's Award in the same season, Alsop won the Classical Brit Award for Best Female Artist of 2005. Also in 2005, she was named a MacArthur Fellow, the first conductor ever to receive this most prestigious award. In 2006 she was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's BBC Radio 3 Listeners Award. In 2007 she received the European Women of Achievement Award. Ms. Alsop is a regular guest conductor with distinguished orchestras across the globe and continues her association as Conductor Laureate of the Colorado Symphony following her highly successful 12 year tenure there as Music Director. She also continues as Music Director of California's acclaimed Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, which she has headed since 1992.

Stephanie Blythe
Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is considered to be one of the most highly respected artists of her generation. She has sung in many renowned opera houses in the US and Europe including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the Opera National de Paris. Her many roles include the title roles in Carmen, Samson et Dalila, Orfeo ed Euridice, La Grande Duchesse, Tancredi, Mignon, and Guilio Cesare; Frugola, Principessa, and Zita in the Il Trittico, Fricka in both Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, Azucena in Il Trovatore, Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera, Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress, Jocasta in Oedipus Rex, Mere Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites; Isabella in L'Italiana in Algeri, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, Ino/Juno in Semele, and Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. Ms. Blythe has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors. She is a frequent recitalist often performing the many contemporary pieces commissioned for her by multiple collaborative partners including Warren Jones and Alan Smith. Her most recent solo recordings include a collection of pieces by Mahler, Brahms, and Wagner and an album of Handel and Bach arias. Ms. Blythe was a recipient of the 2007 Opera News Award and the 1999 Richard Tucker Award.