Violinist named as top young classical
A BRITISH violinist who first performed on television
at the age of ten was named as the top young classical
performer yesterday at the age of 29.
Hope, who has been hailed as the most important
British string player since the cellist Jacqueline
du Pré, carried off the prize at the fifth
annual Classical Brit Awards at the Albert Hall
Italian opera singer Cecilia Bartoli was named
female artist of the year. Hayley Westenra, the
teenage sensation from New Zealand, was one of
the three nominees, but failed to win the title.
male artist of the year went to the Welsh baritone
Bryn Terfel. The orchestral album of the year
went to Sir Simon Rattle and the Vienna Philharmonic
Orchestra for Beethoven Symphonies.
composer Phillip Glass’s soundtrack for the film
The Hours won the contemporary music award.
Classical Brit Awards, launched in 2000, have
been cast as the classics’ answer to pop talent
shows in the search for wider audiences for classical
music. They will be broadcast on ITV this weekend.
shows have seen dramatic boosts in the sales of
pop flavour of the evening was captured by the
British rock violinist, Singapore-born Vanessa-Mae.
The performance also featured Terfel and Renée
Fleming singing their first duet, Bess, You Is
My Woman Now, from Porgy and Bess, the Gershwin
whose recent UK concert tour included an appearance
at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, won the Outstanding
Contribution to Music award.
violinist Nigel Kennedy, Westenra, the Welsh soprano
Katherine Jenkins, opera band Amici Forever and
the King’s College Choir also performed. While
Westenra failed to win as best female artist,
her multi-million-selling album, Pure, was in
contention for the best album of the year.
awards, sponsored by National Savings & Investments,
are decided by a jury of music industry representatives.
thanks to Jon Voslo