RPS Music Awards

Pollini and Tetzlaff shortlisted for RPS Awards

18 April 2012

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Maurizio Pollini have been announced on the RPS Music Awards' shortlist in the Instrumentalist category.

The award, supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, is for an outstanding solo performer on any instrument and in any context throughout the UK in 2011.

The Pollini Project, an ambitious series of five concerts at London's Royal Festival Hall, saw Pollini perform a hugely wide range of repertoire, from Bach to Beethoven and Schubert, with the final concerts culminating in works by Stockhausen and Boulez. The seminal concerts formed a key part of Southbank Centre's 2010/11 season and impressed much of the UK press. Andrew Clements, writing in The Guardian, described Pollini's Beethoven recital as "A majestic, peerless performance"

Tetzlaff's performances with various UK orchestras garnered praise from across the country. His playing with the Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen inspired the Evening Standard to write "Lucky us; we heard an extraordinary account of Bartók's Second Concerto... he makes you forget the difficulty of the piece and simply wonder at the range of expression..." His performance of Brahms at the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra was described by The Independent: "this will be my benchmark interpretation from now on...he played as if his life depended on it...". Tetzlaff was also praised for his performance of the British premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's concerto with the same orchestra at the Proms.