Last Thursday, the jury of the International Classical Music Awards announced the winners for 2017, including Carolin Widmann and Giovanni Antonini with Anna Prohaska. Winners will receive the ICMA trophies during the annual Award Ceremony taking place this year in Leipzig, Germany, 1 April 2017.
Carolin Widmann won the Concerto category for her critically acclaimed recording of both Mendelssohn’s and Schumann’s Violin Concertos with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Released in August 2016 by ECM, Carolin herself conducted the orchestra from the violin. It has received rave reviews, including being named as Musical Toronto’s Alternative Album of the Year, and receiving four and a half stars from AllMusic.
Giovanni Antonini and his ensemble Il Giardino Armonico won one of two awards in the Baroque Vocal category for their Serpent & Fire recording with Anna Prohaska. Released on Alpha in September 2016, the recording was well-received by critics, gaining a five-star review from The Guardian, which cited “riveting instrumental interludes from Il Giardino Armonico”.
Congratulations to Carolin and the COE, and Giovanni, Anna and Il Giardino Armonico on their awards!
See the full list of winners here.