The Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi have been nominated in eight categories for the OPUS KLASSIK 2021, the new prize for classical music in Germany. No fewer than three albums by the orchestra and its Founding Conductor – Sleeping Beauty and Glass & Stravinsky Violin Concertos, both released on Sony Classical in 2020, as well as the BMG album Nordic Escapes (2020) – are nominated in various categories. Such broad recognition is a reward for the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s passionate and creative work in a year full of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With Sleeping Beauty, a new arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music as a 70-minute dramatic symphony by Kristjan Järvi, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic has been selected in the categories ‘Ensemble/Orchestra of the Year’ and ‘Symphonic Recording of the Year’. Kristjan Järvi is nominated as ‘Conductor of the Year’ with all three albums and also as ‘Composer of the Year’ with Nordic Escapes. The Baltic Sea Philharmonic also made it into the ‘Concerto Recording of the Year’ category with Glass & Stravinsky Violin Concertos, for which the young Swiss violinist David Nebel, the soloist on the album, was also nominated in the ‘Young Artist of the Year’ category. Kristjan Järvi’s album Nordic Escapes is further nominated in the categories as ‘Innovative Concert of the Year’ and ‘Classic without Limits’.
An independent jury for the OPUS KLASSIK 2021 will select the winners of the 25 award categories by October. The festive awards ceremony will take place with a TV gala at the Konzerthaus Berlin on 10 October. The OPUS KLASSIK is awarded annually by the Association for the Promotion of Classical Music. Its members include labels, promoters, publishers and individuals from the classical music world.
OPUS KLASSIK 2021 Nominations
Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi
Category 8, Ensemble/Orchestra of the Year
Category 11, Concerto Recording of the Year, Glass & Stravinsky Violin Concertos nominated
Category 14, Symphonic Recording of the Year, Sleeping Beauty nominated
Category 4, Conductor of the Year, Kristjan Järvi nominated
David Nebel together with Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic
Category 7, Young Artist of the Year