In the list of nominees for German classical music award OPUS Klassik 2021 have been included academic staff and graduates of JVLMA. We congratulate them for this brilliant success and international recognition!
Professor of JVLMA, violinist Eva Bindere has received two nominations – Instrumentalist and Solistic Recording Instrument for the performance in album Tālivaldis Ķeniņš by national recording company Skani. The album has been nominated in four categories and it centers on Violin Concerto, Concerto for 5 Percussionists and Orchestra and Beatae Voces Tenebrae.
Three nominations have been earned by JVLMA lecturer, pianist Andrejs Osokins for album Two Worlds (record label Prima Classic). The nominations are Instrumentalist, Solistic Recording Instrument and Classic without Borders.
Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna who graduated JVLMA in 1999 is also nominated in categories Instrumentalist and Solistic Recording Instrument.
Nomination Best Vocal Ensemble Performance of the Year has been received by the vocal group Schola Cantorum Riga for its album Vox Clara. The founder and artistic director of Schola Cantorum Riga is Guntars Prānis, rector and professor of JVLMA.
JVLMA professor Sigvards Kļava and Latvian Radio Choir are nominated in category Best Choir for sacred music album Credo. The album received nominations for the award in other categories including Classics without Borders. Latvian Radio Choir is in the nominee list for Ensemble/ Orchestra and Choral Recording of the Year.
Pianist, JVLMA graduate Daumants Liepiņš qualifies for nomination Young Artist. His work in album Rachmaninoff: Zemzaris (Skani) has also been appreciated in category Solistic Recording Instrument.
Outstanding world-class singers Elīna Garanča and Inga Kalna have been nominated for the award in categories Female Singer of the Year and Vocal Performance in Chamber Music. Both of them are graduates of JVLMA. The same goes to conductor Andris Nelsons who is nominated as Conductor of the Year and his work has been noticed in category Symphonic music of the year recording (18th / 19th century repertoire).
The award celebrates musicians in 25 categories. The winners will be known on 10 October, 2021 at Konzerthaus Berlin.