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Liverpool Phil's Chief Conductor Nominated in Classical BRIT Awards 2010


Press Release   
Immediate: Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Liverpool Phil's Chief Conductor Nominated in Classical BRIT Awards 2010

Vasily Petrenko, Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has been nominated as Male Artist of the Year in The Classical BRIT Awards 2010, announced at the Awards' launch at  London's Mayfair Hotel last night.

Petrenko is nominated with the acclaimed Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel; and Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. The winners will be announced at a glittering gala show at London's Royal Albert Hall on 13th May, hosted by Myleene Klass, and recorded for broadcast on ITV 1 the following week.

The UK's recorded music industry association, the BPI, established the Classical BRITs in 2000 to recognise the outstanding achievements of classical musicians and the appreciation of classical music in the UK and around the world.

Vasily Petrenko's nomination recognises his recordings of Shostakovich's Symphonies Nos. 11, and 5 & 9 with  the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the first two releases in a Shostakovich symphony project with the Naxos recording label.

'Petrenko achieves world-class results with a rejuvenated RLPO in this gripping account…. This outstanding account of a great symphony can hold its head high among recent versions… At Naxos prices, it’s an unbeatable bargain.' CD of the Week, The Sunday Times reviews Shostakovich Symphony No. 9.

'The Liverpudlians could easily be mistaken for a crack Russian orchestra – weighty sonority in the long string melodies, brilliant articulation, blazing brass. But the key ingredient is the commitment of the playing, the sense of an orchestra at its peak.'  Financial Times reviews Shostakovich Symphony No. 11.


The Classical BRIT Awards will be announced at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday, 13 May. The event will be broadcast on ITV 1 the following week (date tbc).

Previous winners of The Classical BRITs Male Artist of the Year include Sir Simon Rattle, Bryn Terfel, Nigel Kennedy, Gustavo Dudamel and Sir Colin Davis. 

The Classical BRIT Awards are the classical equivalent of pop music's Grammy or BRIT Awards.  The awards are organised by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and were inaugurated in 2000.

Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's recording of Tchaikvosky's Manfred Symphony, The Voyevoda (Naxos) was the Classic FM Gramophone Awards 2009 Orchestral Recording of the Year.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and its contemporary music group, Ensemble 10/10, were jointly awarded Ensemble of the Year in the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2009

Further information from Jayne Garrity, Head of Communications
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Tel: 0151 210 3791, Mob: 07967 364241

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