Violinist Nicola Benedetti won this year BBC Music MagazinePersonality of the Year Award. Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation and one of today’s most influential classical artists. Since founding the Benedetti Foundation in 2020, she has helped keep the inspirations of musicians of all ages and stages alive during the pandemic through a range of online courses and videos.
The Benedetti Foundation Virtual Sessions in May 2020 offered three weeks of online tutorials to over 7,000 musicians, ages 2-92, of all skill levels from 66 countries, posted over 300 videos, delivered 64 sections Zoom live to around 1,900 string players per week and gave 30 live sessions on Facebook and YouTube. Since January 2020, the Foundation has met more than 23,000 participants from 84 countries.
Nicola Benedetti was born in Scotland in 1987 and started playing the violin at the age of four. As a child, she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin school before winning the BBC Young Musician competition in 2004 at the age of 16. In 2020, Nicola Benedetti won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his recording of Wynton Marsalis. Violin Concerto and Violin Dance Suite. The album contains the first recordings of two works written especially for her by composer and jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. Nicola Benedetti’s latest album Elgar features the music of Britain’s most beloved composer, including his extensive Violin Concerto. Along with numerous tours with the world’s most outstanding orchestras and ensembles, Nicola Benedetti is one of the world’s leading advocates of quality music education, and she formalized her vision by establishing the Benedetti Foundation.
BBC Music Magazine Award
The winners of the 2021 edition BBC Music Magazine Award were announced today, April 14, 2021. The BBC Music Magazine Award celebrate the world’s best in classical recording and are the only classical music recording awards in which major categories are voted on by the public.
The Tallis Scholars won both Recording of the Year and Choir Prize for their recording of Josquin’s masses. Egyptian soprano Fatma Said won Newcomer Award and Vocal Award for her debut album El Nour. This year’s Orchestral Prize was awarded to the Sinfonia of London and its conductor John Wilson for their recording of Respighi’s Roman Trilogy: The Pines, Fountains and Festivals of Rome. The instrumental prize was awarded to pianist Steven Osborne for his interpretations of Prokofiev Piano Sonatas Nos. 6, 7 and 8and the Concerto Prize went to Antje Weithaas and cellist Maximilian Hornung for their interpretations of Schumann Violin Concerto and that of Brahms Double Concerto. Violinist Tasmin Little won this year’s Chamber Award with pianist Piers Lane for their album British Violin Sonatas Vol. 3. The Opera Award went to a performance of Malcolm Arnold The dancing masterfeaturing a stellar cast of singers and the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by John Andrews.
In addition to publicly voted categories, BBC Music Magazine jury awarded two other jury prizes. The first prize went to Don’t cry for me anymorean album of Tavener works by cellist Steven Isserlis, and the DVD Award went to Wagner’s staging by Keith Warner Die Walküre of the Royal Opera.
“This past year has been incredibly difficult for everyone,” noted BBC Music Magazine Publisher Olivier Condy. “It’s wonderful to see that the standard of registrations remains incredibly high across the board.”
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