Vladimir Jurowski and Sir Antonio Pappano are shortlisted for the RPS Music Award for Conductor. Vladimir Jurowski is Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in the UK; Jurowski is also General Music Director Designate of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Artistic Director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra), and Artistic Director of the “George Enescu” International Festival. Sir Antonio Pappano is Music Director of the Royal Opera House in the UK; Pappano is also Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
2018 Gilmore Award winner Igor Levit is shortlisted in the Instrumentalist category alongside Isabelle Faust and Sean Shibe.
The RPS Music Awards, described by BBC Radio 3 as “the Oscars, the BAFTAs and the Grammys all in one” for classical music, were set up in 1989 to celebrate the outstanding achievements of both young and established, British and International, musicians. There is no restriction on the nationality of recipients, but the awards are for achievements within the United Kingdom. The awards honour a broad sweep of live music across 13 categories, including for performers, composers, inspirational arts organisations learning, participation and engagement. The Awards are peer-judged with each category decided by an eminent jury from the music profession.
The RPS Music Awards will be presented on Wednesday 9 May 2018 by the Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir.