Nicolas for his Veress String Trio / Bartók Piano Quintet album, and Patricia for her Time and Eternity album including Frank Martin’s Polyptyque and K. A Hartmann’s Concerto funèbre.
Nominated in the Instrumental category is Stephen Hough with his Brahms album The Final Piano Pieces, recorded on Hyperion. “Blend imaginative yet learned interpretation, profound sensitivity and poetry, and personal charisma, and you have here one of the finest accounts of Brahms’s late piano works on record.” (Gramophone)
Peter for the Halleluja – Oratorium balbulum and Alle vittime senza nome recording with WDR Radio chorus and Symphony orchestra and Orchestra dell’Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Pierre-Laurent is nominated for Harrison Birtwistle’s concerto Responses (Sweet Disorder) which was written for Aimard and recorded here with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Stefan Asbury. An innovative curator and uniquely significant interpreter of contemporary piano music, Pierre-Laurent was previously awarded a Gramophone Award in 2017 for Murail’s piano concerto Le Désenchantement du Monde, also with the Bavarian Radio Symphony.
Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan are nominated in the Choral category for their recent recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion on BIS Records. The critically acclaimed recording featuring world class soloist has been awarded 5 stars by Diapason Magazine in July 2020. Under the baton of Suzuki, a leading authority on the works of Bach, the work was recorded by Bach Collegium for the second time, last one being published in 1999.
Jean-Efflam is nominated for his fourth volume of Mozart piano concertos recorded with Manchester Camerata and Gábor Takács-Nagy.
Christian for his live recording of Beethoven Concerto Op. 61 and Sibelius Concerto Op. 47 with Robert Ticciati and Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin released in Autumn 2019. Tetzlaff, who is known to set new standards with his concerto interpretations, was awarded the Gramophone Classical Music Award in 2018 for his album of Bartók’s concerti Nos.1&2 with Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The Beethoven and Sibelius recording was also selected as Album of the Month in Gramophone Magazine.
Elim for the recording of both Chopin piano concertos with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and the Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestra, for whom she is Principal Guest Conductor.
Emma is nominated for her performance in the stunning Keith Warner production of Vanessa at Glyndebourne in which she fearlessly unleashes a spectrum of emotion, bringing beautiful colour at every turn. This season she returns to the role of Leonore at the State Opera, Prague and she sings her first Sieglinde in a new production by Richard Jones of Die Walküre at English National Opera.
Andrew is nominated for his appearance in Faust at the Palazzetto Bru Zane. A regular guest to this Opéra français series, he gives us a witty and sinister Méphistophélès here in this latest collaboration. Continuing in the French operatic repertoire this season he makes his debut at Opernhaus Zürich singing the Four Villain in a new production of Les contes d’Hoffmann.
And finally, John is nominated for his performance in Salome in Salzburg, a role now central to his core repertoire. He shows us a “stark Herodes, his tormented spirit dominating every moment of Castellucci’s theater” (OperaToday) in this production from Salzburg. He returns to the role of Herod this season at Staatsoper Unter den Linden where there will also be performances as the Tambour-major in Wozzeck.
Finally, in the Solo Vocal category we have one nomination, Camilla Tilling.
Praised for the “purity of her sound, bright tone… and unfailing musicality…” (Gramophone 2020) Camilla is nominated alongside Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber for this second instalment of their Schumann project, the beautiful Myrthen. In addition to her impressive discography, Camilla regularly performs on the world’s leading opera, concert and recital stages and begins the autumn season with Brahms’ Requiem with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under David Zinman, and a programme of Mahler and Strauss with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland under Marc Soustrot.