Semyon Bychkov Named 2023 Musical America Award Winner

11 Oct 2022

Semyon Bychkov will be named 2023 Conductor of the Year at the upcoming 62nd annual Musical America Awards, the magazine announced today. The Awards recognise classical music artists and leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the performing arts industry in the past year.

Clive Paget wrote, “Semyon Bychkov combines a meticulous attention to detail with a knack for making the familiar sound newly minted. But listeners should not be deceived by the seeming spontaneity of his interpretations as it will have taken hours of study to ensure that every bar rings true. The Soviet-born maestro, who turns 70 this year, was one of the first artists to speak out against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. His words of wisdom were born of experience and an early life that reads like a novel by John le Carré. His rise to preeminence has included important U.S. appointments as well as significant relationships in Paris, Cologne, and London. In 2018, he embarked on his latest adventure as chief conductor and music director of the Czech Philharmonic. A born raconteur and deep thinker, Bychkov is an artist whose innate humanity shines through in everything he does.” Read the full article here. 

Stephanie Challener, Musical America Worldwide publisher, said, “Each of these incredible talents have, in their own unique ways, advanced the artform in the past year far beyond any expectations and have brought entirely new perspectives and vistas to the performing arts. It is our honour to recognize these great artists and their contributions.”

The 2023 Musical America Awards ceremony will be broadcast via Facebook Live on Sunday 4 December 2022, 4PM ET.

Semyon Bychkov is managed in associaton with Enticott Music Managament.

Photo credit: Marco Borregreve