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EMI Classics celebrates hat trick of awards at Classic BRIT Awards

Alison Balsom crowned Female Artist of the Year

Double nominee Antonio Pappano wins Male Artist of the Year

Violinist Vilde Frang wins Newcomer Award

EMI Classics celebrates a hat trick of artist awards at the 2011 Classic BRIT Awards, which took place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 12th May 2011.

Acclaimed British trumpeter Alison Balsom was crowned Female Artist of the Year for her Italian Concertos album, an award she also won in 2009. Alison appeared on the red carpet and in the hall for her performance dressed in stunning gowns by Armani and dripping in £1 million worth of diamonds courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels. Next month sees Alison Balsom head back into the studio to record her forthcoming album Modern Trumpet Concertos, due for release by EMI Classics in January 2012. The album will include a world premiere recording of a brand new specially commissioned work Seraph by James MacMillan CBE.

British conductor Antonio Pappano, who is Music Director of the Royal Opera House, scooped the prestigious Male Artist of the Year award for his recent recording of Rossini’s Stabat Mater, recorded with his Roman orchestra and choir, the Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, with star soloists Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo. This week also saw Antonio Pappano pick up a prestigious RPS Award for Creative Communication awarded for his BBC series Opera Italia. His next recording, the full version of Rossini’s opera William Tell will be released in July to coincide with his performance of the same work at this year’s BBC Proms.

Young Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang picked up the Newcomer Award for her debut release with EMI Classics, Prokofiev and Sibelius Violin Concertos. Vilde, a protégée of Anne-Sophie Mutter, has won a number of major prizes, among them a Fellowship from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust in 2007 and the 2009 Norwegian Soloist Prize. She plays a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin, on loan from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Freundeskreis Stiftung, which has supported Vilde Frang since 2003. She signed an exclusive recording contract with EMI Classics in 2009 and has released two solo albums.

Eric Dingman, President of EMI Classics Global commented “On behalf of all of my colleagues at EMI we offer our sincere congratulations to all of the nominated and awarded artists at the 2011 Classic BRIT Awards. We are especially proud and thankful for the terrific work by Alison Balsom, Female Artist of the Year, Antonio Pappano, Male Artist of the Year and Vilde Frang, Newcomer Award winner for their achievements this past year and look forward with equal excitement to future projects.”

The Classical BRIT Awards 2011 will broadcast on ITV1, Sunday 29 May, 10:00pm.



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