Vladimir Jurowski was named Conductor of the Year at last night’s RPS Music Awards, with Igor Levit winning the RPS Music Award in the Instrumentalist category. The annual awards, described by BBC Radio 3 as classical music’s “Oscars, BAFTAs and Grammys® all in one”, were inaugurated in 1989 to celebrate outstanding achievements by British and International musicians within The UK. The awards, selected by an esteemed jury of their musical peers, honours artists across 13 categories including performers, composers, arts organisations, education, participation and engagement. The ceremony was held at London’s historic The Brewery, and hosted by Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir.

“The winner’s innovative and adventurous programming in 2017 ranged from Rebel and Tallis, to Penderecki and Silvestrov, ensuring that every concert was an event that no one wanted to miss. 2017 also saw his triumphant return to Glyndebourne with the world première of Brett Dean’s masterful ‘Hamlet’ – one of the absolute highlights of the year. 

Vladimir Jurowski has made a profound and consistent impact on our musical lives during his 10 years as Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic.”

“The scale, quality and conviction of this musician’s work over the last year has been breath-taking. He has brought the same depth of musical and intellectual engagement to every concert – whether concluding a cycle of Beethoven sonatas at London’s Wigmore Hall; performing the complete Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues at Birmingham Town Hall; or opening the BBC Proms. This is an artist who never takes the easy option, who is not afraid to challenge audiences and who is fully engaged in the world. The 2018 Instrumentalist Award goes to Igor Levit.”

Timothy Walker, CEO of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, collected the award on behalf of Maestro Jurowski, who is currently in rehearsals with Opéra national de Paris.