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New York Philharmonic principal trumpeter Philip Smith plays at New York's Park Avenue Armory in a performance in June 2012. Chris Lee/Courtesy of the New York Philharmonic hide caption

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Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, creator of contemplative music, photographed in 1990 by influential patron Betty Freeman. Betty Freeman/ECM Records hide caption

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Gabriel Kahane is the rare musician who travels easily between classical, musical theater and pop. His new album is The Ambassador. Josh Goleman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The 85 musicians in the Santa Cecilia Orchestra are paid professionals who play with other symphonies and in Hollywood studios. Courtesy of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra hide caption

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Valentina Lisitsa's new album, Chasing Pianos, features music from Michael Nyman's score to the 1993 film The Piano. Alexei Kuznetsoff/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Early music specialist Jordi Savall has turned his attention to the widely varied music of the Balkans. "For me," he says, "it's one of the most exciting projects that happened in the last 20 years." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams has won the Pulitzer Prize for music with an homage to the sea called Become Ocean. Evan Hurd Photography hide caption

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Kristine Opolais made her Madama Butterfly debut as Cio-Cio-San, only to get a last-minute call to play Mimi in La Boheme. Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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Was playing a much-maligned instrument — or writing about it beautifully — part of Kwasi Enin's secret? (Not that he is playing the 'Archinto' Stradivarius pictured here.) Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images hide caption

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