Royal Philharmonic Society announces awards shortlists

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Violinist Alina Ibragimova, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and composer Howard Skempton all nominated for prestigious live performance awards

The shortlists for the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) awards have been announced. The awards, which are presented for excellence in live performance, are presented at a ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London each year. This year’s presentation will take place on 12 May.

Founded in 1813, the RPS itself has been a leading force in the commissioning and promoting music for nearly two centuries. Among the works to have been written for it are Beethoven’s Ninth Sympony and Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony.

BBC Music Magazine will be reporting the winners in full in our June issue, on sale on 11 May. In the meantime, the shortlists for this year’s awards are as follows:

Audience Development
Royal Opera House: Ludd and Isis
English National Opera: new audience initiatives – Access all Arias and ENO/Punchdrunk’s The Duchess of Malfi

Chamber Music and Song
Jonas Kaufmann
Takacs Quartet
Transition Projects

Chamber-scale Composition
Larry Goves: Virtual Airport
Rebecca Saunders: Murmurs
Brian Ferneyhough: String Quartet No. 6

Concert Series and Festivals
BBCSO: Martinu Symphonies cycle
North York Moors Chamber Music Festival
Southbank Centre: Helmut Lachenmann Weekend

Conductor
(Award sponsored by BBC Music Magazine)
Semyon Bychkov
Iván Fischer
Esa-Pekka Salonen

Creative Communication
BBC4: Opera Italia
Philip Ball: The Music Instinct (Bodley Head)

Education
Southbank Centre: The Bernstein Project
Sing Up
Glyndebourne: Knight Crew

Ensemble
Aurora Orchestra
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Instrumentalist
Leon Fleisher
Elizabeth Kenny
Lawrence Power

Large-scale Composition
James Dillon: Nine Rivers
Helmut Lachenmann: Schreiben
Howard Skempton: Only The Sound Remains
Hans Abrahamsen: Wald

Opera and Music Theatre
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama/Scottish Opera: War and Peace
The Royal Opera: Tannhäuser
Welsh National Opera: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Singer
Susan Bickley
Christian Gerhaher
Brindley Sherratt

Young Artists
Stile Antico
Benjamin Grosvenor
Alina Ibragimova