Wednesday, December 27, 2006

'Clarely Classical' Awards 2006

My very own online music awards.
Musician of the year: Augusta Read Thomas. This composer is on the cutting edge and exudes talent and charm whereever she goes and whatever she writes.
Pianist of the year: Helene Grimaud. 2nd year for her to win! Her Carnegie concert was killer.
Violinist of the year: Janine Jansen. Take a listen to her in concert, and be on the lookout for her new Mendelssohn cd.
Singer of the year: Joyce DiDonato. This singer is on the rise - her future is limitless.
Conductor of the year: Esa Pekka Salonen. Leading music past the norm.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Walter Mays. Great composer, excellent teacher.
Personal highlights of 2006
Proudest moment: Getting Composing Thoughts to become a weekly series.
Runner-up proudest moment: Receiving a dedication at a NY concert from Ernesto Tamayo for new music when he played music by Leo Brouwer.
Most affecting moment: Spending a weekend at the chateau of the Wynn family.
Memorable moment: Broadcasting from the new PMC at WITF.
Personality of the year: Dick Strawser. Brilliant person and creative guru.
Family of the year: Baldwin-Way family. They are complete sweethearts.
Woman of the year: Nadine Halko.

See the 2005 awards here.

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