FIVE ARTISTS NOMINATED FOR RPS AWARDS
Stephen Hough, Oliver Knussen, Kirill Karabits, Jörg Widmann and Sakari Oramo have all been nominated at this year’s Royal Philharmonic Society Awards. The awards recognise outstanding achievement in 2009.
Stephen Hough has been nominated in the instrumental category for, amongst other things, his four performances at the BBC Proms featuring all of Tchaikovsky’s complete works for piano and orchestra. The cycle has just been released to great critical acclaim on Hyperion.
Oliver Knussen and Kirill Karabits have been nominated in the conductor category. Karabits also featured at the 2009 BBC Proms in his first concert as Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – a performance The Guardian described as “thrilling”. He joins Knussen – one of the UK’s most respected conductors and composers and who holds positions with London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Rounding off HarrisonParrott’s nominations, the Concert Series and Festivals shortlist features Sakari Oramo’s Igorfest, focusing on the music of Stravinsky, and the Wigmore Hall’s five day focus on the work of the versatile young German composer and clarinettist Jörg Widmann.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday 11 May.