Soprano Karita Mattila Wins Musical America's Musician of the Year

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Finnish soprano Karita Mattila was named 2005 Musician of the Year at Musical America's annual awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall last night, according to an article on the organization's web site.

The winners of the awards are featured prominently each year in Musical America's International Directory of the Performing Arts, a widely used industry reference.

Estonian "mystical minimalist" Arvo P‹rt was named Composer of the Year; Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo V‹nsk‹, Conductor of the Year; violinist Christian Tezlaff, Instrumentalist of the Year; and the avant-garde collective Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ensemble of the Year. Joseph Polisi, the longtime president of the Juilliard School, was honored as Educator of the Year.

According to the Musical America web site, the directory describes Mattila as "the most electrifying singing actress of our day, the kind of performer who renews an aging art form and drives the public into frenzies."

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