The winners of this year’s Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards were announced at the Dorchester Hotel yesterday.
Conductor Claudio Abbado and pianist Maurizio Pollini were the big name winners on a night that celebrated revelatory live music making. Pianist Mitsuko Uchida was presented with the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, the society’s (and one of classical music’s) highest honours. Wins for composer Jonathan Harvey and cellist Oliver Coates made it a strong night for contemporary classical music.
“Still in his twenties, cellist Oliver Coates receives the award for diverse and virtuosic performances with ensembles including Aurora Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. Meanwhile, the playing and eclectic programming of his Harmonic Series has drawn a new classical audience to the Southbank Centre, where he is artist-in-residence.”