New classical music for 2022


Your new favorite classical musician could be on this list. Read on to find out the top rising classical music composers in 2022.

The classical musicians of 2022 hope, like all of us, that the worst of the pandemic is over. The classical music world suffered from restrictions, which meant that choral performances, in particular, could not take place, and as a result new recordings were rarer in 2021.

Despite this, resourceful composers have made the most of the restrictions to explore innovative ways to write and perform orchestral music, embracing social media. And there were still plenty of highlights in the classical music world, like the UK’s first all-female, non-binary orchestra, His outfithitting their stride after forming in lockdown.

Our list of classical musicians for 2022 includes ensembles and solo artists, emerging musicians and seasoned composers who are branching out in new and interesting directions. Read on for our top classical music recommendations, from traditional to avant-garde, to challenge your ear and broaden your horizons.


The composers in tangram aim to bridge the gap between Chinese and Western musical cultures. Since 2018, co-founders Alex Ho and Reylon Yount have been bringing together a group of orchestral musicians for works that push the limits.

2022 will see the collective launch more of their excellent projects like workshops, concerts and symposiums, all based on non-Eurocentric traditions.

Francesca Chiejina

Soprano Francesca Chiejina past 2021 work tirelesslyand the world is richer for its versatile performance full of character.

This year, Chiejina seems to have just as much success, with projects such as lending her superb voice to play Mimì in Bohemian for the English Touring Opera.

Rothko Collective

Rothko Collective challenge traditional orchestral music culture, aiming to bring classical music to a more diverse audience. They do this by encouraging their listeners to really focus on the thrilling sounds and emotions of their experimental orchestral music, as evidenced by their debut album. INK.

Other projects in 2022 are sure to be just as fascinating and challenging, and all with 50% music by women or non-binary composers and a focus on non-white composers.

Abeo Quartet

Abeo Quartet is made up of Brian Gadbow, James Kang, Njioma Grievous and Rebecca Benjamin. The four musicians play with enthusiastic freshness, opening the listener up to the world of classical music. with an encouraging smile.

The quartet ended 2021 as finalists for Young concert performers – 2022 sees rising stars studying chamber music at the University of Delaware School of Music.

Emily D’Angelo

Canadian-Italian mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo focused on women’s music for her recently released debut album energizedwith thousand-year-old compositions.

Her full and rich operatic voice will captivate more listeners around the world in the months to come.


Experimental artist Klein’s 2021 album was the British-Nigerian composer’s first to be released on classical music label Pentatone. Recorded in lockdown, she repurposed what was available at home instead of recording with an orchestra as planned. The resulting album The harmattan is a playful, hypnotic and brimming with inventiveness.

to sum up

Recap are four extremely talented percussionists Arlene Acevedo, Alexis Carter, Tiahna Sterling and Aline Vasquez. See an example of their wordless synchronicity on a performance of Angélica Negrón’s “Count to Five” played with objects found.

Focusing on the diversity of contemporary classical music, Recap will collaborate in 2022 with Alaska Native artists on new works and tour their extraordinary first album.

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