Royal Philharmonic Society Awards shortlist announced

Spotlight shone on live classical music in the UK

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The shortlist for this year’s Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, celebrating live classical music, has been announced. Musicians have been nominated in 13 categories, ranging from large-scale composition to education.

In the running for the Conductor Award, sponsored this year by BBC Music Magazine, are Ukrainian Kirill Karabits, who took over the helm of the Bournemouth Symphony in 2009, and Latvian Andris Nelsons, principal conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The third contender is one of Britain's most well respected conductors, Oliver Knussen.

Other nominees include pianist Stephen Hough, who is up against violinists Alina Ibragimova and Leonidas Kavakos for the Instrumentalist Award; while four groups – the Aurora and BBC Symphony Orchestras, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the London Sinfonietta – are battling it out for the Ensemble Award.

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel, London on 11 May. In the run-up to the Awards, Radio 3 will be broadcasting performances by the nominated musicians, as well as the ceremony on 12 May.