The nominations for the OPUS KLASSIK awards 2023 have been announced, with 20 of our artists featured across HP and Polyarts. The winners will be announced in early October.
With a total of five nominations, Eldbjørg Hemsing is standing out with her recording of the concept album Arcticwith Arctic Philharmonic and Christian Kluxen, which gained her nominations in the categories Classic without Limits, World’s First Recording of a New Piece, Neoclassic and, for the video Frode Fjellheim: Under the Arctic Moon, Videoclip. She is also nominated in the Instrumentalist category.
Víkingur Ólafsson has received three nominations for his latest Deutsche Grammophon release, From Afar – Instrumentalist of the Year, Instrument Solo and Video Clip.
Lisa Batiashvili features in the Instrumentalist of the Year category for her albumSecret Love Letters. The album sees the violinist explore some of the most romantic music ever written. In this, her first recording with a US orchestra, she is joined by The Philadelphia Orchestra and its inspirational music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin — with whom she has performed live many times — as well as by young Georgian pianist Giorgi Gigashvili.
Sean Shibe receives four nominations forLost & Found, released on Pentatone. Described by The Guardian upon release as “another bonkers-at-first-glance, brilliantly curated album”, Lost & Found further reinforces Sean’s reputation as a truly original mind at the frontier of contemporary classical music, garnering him nominations in the Solo Instrument, Classic without Limits, Innovative Listening Experience, and New Classic / Neoclassic categories.
Martin Fröst receives two nominations for the Instrumentalist and Music without Borders categories for his Sony Classical album Night Passages. With acclaimed pianist Roland Pöntinen and legendary bassist Sébastien Dubé, Fröst’s album charts a nocturnal journey through the mystical and the melancholic, the playful and the profound. From Rameau to Richard Rodgers, it invites listeners to eavesdrop on a musical union.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja is nominated in three categories — Instrumentalist of the Year, Chamber Music Recording and Video Clip — for her new recording on Outhere, Janáček — Brahms — Bartók, together with Fazil Say which marks a revival of their duo. The recording features Bartók’s Violin Sonata No.1, Brahms’ D minor Sonata and Janáček’s Sonata.
Percussionist Vivi Vassileva is nominated in the categories Videoclip and Innovative Concert of the Year for performances of Recycling Concertoby Gregor Mayrhofer.
Harpsichordist Jean Rondeau has been nominated in a total of three categories for his most recent album Gradus ad Parnassum. Described by Gramophone as “a triumph”, Rondeau’s ninth recording with Warner Classics/Erato earns him a place in the running for Instrumentalist of the Year, Best Solo Instrumentalist, and Best Video.
Gautier Capuçon has once more received two nominations in the Instrumentalist category for his new album for Warner, Sensations, and his trio recordings with Yuja Wang and Andreas Ottensamer with works by Rachmaninov and Brahms for Deutsche Grammophon. His video Sensations with Orchestre National de Bretagne and Johanna Malangré is also nominated in the Video Clip category.
Samuel Mariño’s is nominated for his debut album on the Decca label, Sopranista, in both the Young Talent of the Year and the Singing (Opera) categories.
We have three Polyarts artists nominated for the awards. Mari Samuelsen is nominated in the categories Instrumentalist of the Year, New Classical/Neoclassical, and Video Clip for her album LYS, which presents nature-inspired works by all-female composers.
Carlos Simon’s GRAMMY-nominated Requiem for the Enslaved, a work honouring the 272 men, women and children sold by Georgetown University, has earned him nominations in three categories: Composer of the Year, Classical Without Borders, and World Premiere.
Attacca Quartet have been nominated for Chamber Music Recording and New Classical / Neoclassical, for their GRAMMY-winning recording of Caroline Shaw’s Evergreen.
Paavo Järvi is nominated in two categories this year: his disc with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich featuring John Adams’ works and recorded for Alpha is in the run for Conductor of the Year and Best Symphonic Recording nominations.