The JUNO Awards were presented at an in-person gala for the first time in three years on May 15, 2022 in Toronto.
The annual Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) event featured several expected wins from pop music superstars Charlotte Cardin and The Weeknd, and four awards presented in classical music categories.
The classical music nominees included high-profile artists like Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Jan Lisiecki, and a list of winners that demonstrates the burgeoning list of Canadian talent, many of whom are making their mark on the international stage.
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SOLO ARTIST) | CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SOLO)
energized by Emily D’Angelo (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal)
After winning the Lincoln Center Award in 2020 and as the one and only person to receive the Leonard Bernstein Prize from the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, dynamic Toronto-born mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo has lit up stages around the world. . It’s no surprise to find her highly acclaimed debut album on the DG label, inspired by Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century abbess and polymath, and featuring other female composers, on the list of winners.
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (LARGE ENSEMBLE) | CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (LARGE ENSEMBLE)
Music theory from L’Harmonie des saisons, directed by Eric Milnes ft. Helene Brunet (ATMA/Naxos)
Soprano Hélène Brunet is featured in this collection of baroque and classical airs that she has chosen based on her affinity for music. The approach bore fruit on this album recorded with period music specialists L’Harmonie des saisons, under the direction of Eric Milnes. The last track on the album gives it its name, a wordless music theory that highlights Brunet’s warm voice.
CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR | CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
Arras by Keiko Devaux (Analekta/FAB/Le Verger)
One prestigious award leads to another for Montreal composer Keiko Devaux, who adds a Juno award to other recent accolades, including the Prix Opus québécois for composer of the year in 2022. She received the first Azrieli Commission for music Canadian in 2020, which leads to the composition of Arrashis evocative Juno Award-winning piece that revolves around themes of memory.
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SMALL ENSEMBLE) | CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SMALL ENSEMBLE)
Beethoven: Sonatas for violin and piano / Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5 by Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin (Analekta/FAB/The Orchard)
At the age of 28, Charles Richard-Hamelin stunned the world of classical music with his second place in the Chopin Competition, and since then he has fascinated audiences and critics with his technical and artistic virtuosity. He is paired with violinist Andrew Wan, who was named concertmaster of the Orchester symphonique de Montréal (OSM) when he was in his twenties.
Bravo/Brava to all the winners.
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