<p>One of classical music's best-known and most controversial figures, Daniel Barenboim was an internationally renowned pianist and symphonic conductor, whose musical and political work drew equ...
Harrison Birtwistle has become the British Royal Philharmonic Society's most successful composer after picking up his fifth major award from the classical music organisation on Tuesday (13May14). The 80-year-old maestro took home the prize for Best Small Chamber Composition for his choral chamber work The Moth Requiem.
Other winners included fellow British composer George Benjamin (Best Large-scale Composition for opera Written on Skin), conductor Daniel Barenboim, American soprano Joyce DiDonato and Patricia Kopatchinskaja.
Oscar-winning German composer Hans Zimmer was the toast of the classical music crowd on Wednesday (02Oct13) when he walked away with two top trophies at the Classic BRIT awards. Zimmer, who has scored the music for films including Gladiator and The Lion King, was the winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Music award, as well as being named Composer of the Year.
Opera icon Luciano Pavarotti was honoured six years after his death in 2007 when he was named recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Pianist Daniel Barenboim was awarded the Male Artist of the Year honour, while Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti went home with the Female Artist of the Year prize.
Other winners included violinist Andre Rieu, whose record Magic of the Movies triumphed in the Album of the Year category.
The Classic BRIT Awards was hosted by British singer-turned-TV star Myleene Klass at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
A complete list of 44th Annual Grammy Award winners, announced Wednesday night:
Record of the Year: Walk On, U2
Rap Album: Stankonia, OutKast
Song of the Year: "Fallin'," Alicia Keys
Album of the Year: O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, Various Artists
Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal: "Elevation," U2
New Artist: Alicia Keys
Country Collaboration with Vocals: "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow," Dan Tyminski, Harley Allen and Pat Enright (The Soggy Bottom Boys), from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack
Female Pop Vocal Performance: "I'm Like a Bird," Nelly Furtado
R&B Album: Songs in A Minor, Alicia Keys
Rock Song: "Drops of Jupiter," Charlie Colin, Rob Hotchkiss, Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood (Train)
Pop Collaboration with Vocals: "Lady Marmalade," Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of," U2
Rock Album: "All That You Can't Leave Behind," U2
Male Pop Vocal Performance: "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," James Taylor
Pop Instrumental Performance: "Reptile," Eric Clapton
Dance Recording: "All For You," Janet Jackson
Pop Instrumental Album: No Substitutions--Live in Osaka, Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather
Pop Vocal Album: Lovers Rock, Sade
Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Songs I Heard, Harry Connick Jr.
Female Rock Vocal Performance: "Get Right With God," Lucinda Williams
Male Rock Vocal Performance: "Dig In," Lenny Kravitz
Hard Rock Vocal: "Crawling," Linkin Park
Metal Performance: "Schism," Tool
Rock Instrumental Performance: "Dirty Mind," Jeff Beck
Alternative Music Album: Parachutes, Coldplay
Female R&B Vocal Performance: "Fallin'," Alicia Keys
Male R&B Vocal Performance: "U Remind Me," Usher
R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: "Survivor," Destiny's Child
R&B Song: "Fallin'," Alicia Keys (Alicia Keys)
Traditional R&B Album: "At Last," Gladys Knight
Rap Solo Performance: "Get Ur Freak On," Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: "Ms. Jackson," OutKast
Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," Eve Featuring Gwen Stefani
Female Country Vocal Performance: "Shine," Dolly Parton
Male Country Vocal Performance: "O Death," Ralph Stanley, from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack
Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: "The Lucky One," Alison Krauss + Union Station
Country Instrumental Performance: "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," Earl Scruggs, Glen Duncan, Randy Scruggs, Steve Martin, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Gary Scruggs, Albert Lee, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Douglas and Leon Russell
Country Song: "The Lucky One," Robert Lee Castleman (Alison Krauss + Union Station)
Country Album: Timeless--Hank Williams Tribute, Various Artists
Bluegrass Album: New Favorite, Alison Krauss + Union Station
Contemporary Jazz Album: M2, Marcus Miller
Jazz Vocal Album: The Calling, Dianne Reeves
Jazz Instrumental Solo: "Chan's Song," Michael Brecker
Jazz Instrumental Album: This Is What I Do, Sonny Rollins
Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Homage To Count Basie, Bob Mintzer Big Band
Latin Jazz Album: Nocturne, Charlie Haden
Rock Gospel Album: Solo, DC Talk
Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: CeCe Winans, CeCe Winans
Southern, Country or Bluegrass Album: Bill & Gloria Gaither Present A Billy Graham Music Homecoming, Bill and Gloria Gaither and The Homecoming Friends
Traditional Soul Gospel Album: Spirit of the Century, The Blind Boys of Alabama
Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: The Experience, Yolanda Adams
Gospel Choir or Chorus Album: Love Is Live!, LFT Church Choir, Hezekiah Walker, choir director
Latin Pop Album: La Musica De Baldemar Huerta, Freddy Fender
Latin Rock/Alternative Album: Embrace the Chaos, Ozomatli
Traditional Tropical Latin Album: Dejame Entrar, Carlos Vives
Salsa Album: Encore, Robert Blades
Merengue Album: Yo Por Ti, Olga Tanon
Mexican/Mexican-American Album: En Vivo ... El Hombre y Su Musica, Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos del Norte
Tejano Album: Nadie Como Tu, Solido
Traditional Blues Album: Do You Get the Blues?, Jimmie Vaughan
Contemporary Blues Album: Nothing Personal, Delbert McClinton
Traditional Folk Album: Down From the Mountain, Various Artists
Contemporary Folk Album: Love and Theft, Bob Dylan
Native American Music Album: Bless the People--Harmonized Peyote Songs, Verdell Primeaux and Johnny Mike
Reggae Album: Halfway Tree, Damian Marley
World Music Album: Full Circle/Carnegie Hall 2000, Ravi Shankar
Polka Album: Gone Polka, Jimmy Sturr
Musical Album for Children: Elmo and the Orchestra, Sesame Street Characters
Spoken Word Album for Children: Mama Don't Allow, Tom Chapin
Spoken Word Album: Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones, Quincy Jones
Spoken Comedy Album: Napalm and Silly Putty, George Carlin
Musical Show Album: The Producers, Original Broadway Cast with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, lyricist and composer Mel Brooks
Compilation Soundtrack Album For a Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Media: O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Various Artists
Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Media: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, composer Tan Dun
Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: "Boss of Me," (They Might Be Giants from Malcolm in the Middle), songwriters They Might Be Giants
Instrumental Composition: "Cast Away (End Credits)," Alan Silvestri (Alan Silvestri)
Instrumental Arrangement: "Claude Debussy 'Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum' from Children's Corner," Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer (Bela Fleck with Joshua Bell and Gary Hoffmann)
Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): "Drops of Jupiter," Paul Buckmaster (Train)
Recording Package: "Amnesiac (Special Limited Edition)" (Radiohead)
Boxed Recording Package: "Brain in a Box--The Science Fiction Collection," (Various Artists)
Album Notes: (tie) Richard Pryor ... And It's Deep Too! The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (1968-1992), (Richard Pryor); Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Collection: 1960-2000 The Journey Of Chris Strachwitz, (Various Artists)
Historical Album: Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-1944, (Billie Holiday)
Engineered Album, Non-Classical: The Look of Love, (Diana Krall)
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: T Bone Burnett
Remixed of the Year, Non-Classical: Deep Dish, "Thank You (Deep Dish Vocal Remix)" (Dido)
Engineered Album, Classical: Bernstein (Arr. Brohn & Corigliano): West Side Story Suite (Lonely Town; Make Our Garden Grow, Etc.) (Joshua Bell)
Producer Of The Year, Classical: Manfred Eicher
Classical Album: Berlioz: Les Troyens, James Mallinson, producer
Orchestral Performance: "Boulez Conducts Varese (Ameriques; Arcana; Deserts; Ionisation)," Pierre Boulez (Chicago Sym. Orch.)
Opera Recording: "Berlioz: Les Troyens," Sir Colin Davis; Michelle De Young, Ben Heppner, Petra Lang, Peter Mattei, Stephen Milling, Sara Mingardo, Kenneth Tarver; James Mallinson, producer (Various Artists; London Sym. Orch.)
Choral Performance Award: "Bach: St. Matthew Passion," Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Arnold Schoenberg Chamber Orch. and Wiener Sangerknaben; Concentus Musicus Wien)
Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance: "Strauss Wind Concertos (Horn Concerto; Oboe Concerto, etc.)," Dale Clevenger, horn; Larry Combs, clarinet; Alex Klein, oboe; David McGill, bassoon; Daniel Barenboim, piano/conductor (Chicago Sym. Orch.)
Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra): "Britten Cello Suites (1-3)," Truls Mork, cello
Chamber Music Performance: "Haydn: The Complete String Quartets," The Angeles String Quartet
Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor): "After Mozart (Raskatov, Silvestrov, Schnittke, Etc.)," Kremerata Baltica; Gidon Kremer, violin
Classical Vocal Performance: "Dreams & Fables--Gluck Italian Arias (Tremo Fra' Dubbi Miei; Di Questa Cetra in Seno, etc.)," Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo soprano
Classical Contemporary Composition: "Rouse: Concert De Gaudi for Guitar and Orch.," Christopher Rouse, composer
Classical Crossover Album: Perpetual Motion (Scarlatti, Bach, Debussy, Chopin, etc.) Bela Fleck, banjo (Joshua Bell, violin; Evelyn Glennie, marimba; Gary Hoffman, cello; Edgar Meyer, bass and piano; Chris Thile, mandolin; John Williams, guitar)
Short Form Music Video: "Weapon of Choice," Fatboy Slim featuring Bootsy Collins
Long Form Music Video: "Recording the Producers--A Musical Romp With Mel Brooks," Mel Brooks (with Various Artists including Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick)
New Age Album: A Day Without Rain, Enya
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, named Daniel Barenboim UN messenger of peace.
He was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, one of the most prestigious honors in classical music.
<p>One of classical music's best-known and most controversial figures, Daniel Barenboim was an internationally renowned pianist and symphonic conductor, whose musical and political work drew equal attention. The Argentine-born musician conducted some of the world's most famous orchestras and his commitment to advancing musical education spanned borders and political affiliations for one universal goal. </p><p>Daniel Barenboim was born on November 15, 1942 in Buenos Aires to Aida Schuster and Enrique Barenboim, who were of Jewish Russian descent. His musical education started at an early age, with piano lessons from his mother at age 5, followed by training with his father, who would remain his primary teacher. By age 7, he gave his first official concert in Buenos Aires in 1950 and shortly after, his family decided to move to Israel two years later. As parents and teachers, his family was dedicated to training their piano prodigy of a son and he made his official debut as a pianist in Vienna and Rome in 1952. In the summer of 1954, they brought Barenboim to Salzburg to take part in the famed Ukrainian composer Igor Markevich's conducting classes and then to Paris for study harmony and composition under Nadia Boulanger in Paris. As a mere teenager, Barenboim toured Europe, Australia, and then the United States with Leopold Stokowski and the Symphony of the Air in 1957. He quickly earned the reputation as one of the most versatile pianists of his generation. </p><p>While he gained acclaimed through world tours, he also started his recording career, which expanded his audience beyond the concert halls of Europe. In the 1960s, he recorded Beethoven's Piano Concertos with Otto Klemperer, Mozart piano concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra and Brahm's Piano Concertos with Sir John Barbirolli, serving as both pianist and conductor. In 1966 he met and then married the famed British cellist Jacqueline du Pré. The two were considered the golden couple of the classical world, but their union was to be tumultuous one. The two toured the world and in 1967, he made his conducting debut in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra, which gave rise to his prolific conducting career. Between 1975 and 1989, he was one of the most in-demand conductors in the world and was dubbed the "Maestro of the Middle East," leading such prestigious ensembles as the Orchestre de Paris. But as his career was reaching unfathomable heights, his personal life was taking its toll. His marriage was the decline and his wife was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1973. During this time, Barenboim was living in Paris and started an affair with the Russian pianist Elena Bashkirova, with whom he fathered two children. He also made his debut as an opera conductor that same year, conducting Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Edinburgh Festival. While Barenboim was starting a new life in France, his wife's promising career was cut short and she stopped performing at age 28 and later succumbed to the illness in 1987. </p><p>Between 1991 and 2006, he held the position of Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Not to be confined to one stage, he simultaneously served as music director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (from 1992-2002) and the Staatskapelle Berlin, all of which named him honorary conductor for life. Barenboim's passions were not limited to the orchestra pit. He understood the power of music to transcend cultural and political differences. After befriending Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said, Barenboim visited the occupied Palestinian territories in 1999 and decided to create the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra with Said, which brought together young musicians from Israel and the Arab countries every summer to perform together. This fruitful partnership continued and the two went on to start the Foundation Barenboim-Said in 2005, which created music education programs both in Ramallah in the West Bank and Nazareth in Israel. The two also co-wrote an autobiography entitled <i>A Life in Music, and Parallels and Paradoxes"</i>, which was published in 2002. </p><p>His efforts to pursue peace and understanding in the Israel-Palestinian debate earned him numerous accolades and backlash simultaneously. In 2001, while touring Israel with the Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra, he created a national outcry after playing a piece from Richard Wagner's Tristan and Isolde opera defying the country's informal ban on playing Wagner. As the favorite composer of the Nazis, and a noted anti-Semite, the decision to play Wagner caused people to leave the show and damaged his relationship with Israeli organizers. </p><p>Barenboim's interests in the political power of music led him to Cambridge, where he gave a six-part lecture series at Harvard focused on his understanding of music as a catalyst for political change in 2006. A year later, he was behind a different kind of pulpit and back to conducting opera and chamber music at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan where he presided until 2014. </p><p>As impressive as his musical accomplishments were, Barenboim was also praised as an intellectual, who believed the influence of classical music lay beyond the ornate concert halls of the elite. He published another book, <i>Everything is Connected: The Power of Music</i>, in 2008 and continued his work with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. </p>
At age 11, he took conducting classes in Salzburg under Igor Markevich.
He studied harmony and composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.
He was featured in the 2012 documentary, Beethoven for All, where he travelled the world bringing Beethoven’s music to the masses during his concert series.
He was named an honorary citizen of Spain in 2002.
In January 2008, Barenboim accepted honorary Palestinian citizenship, becoming the first Jewish Israeli citizen to be offered the status.
He co-founded the Barenboim-Said Akademie Berlin along with American-Palestinian literary scholar Edward W. Said to train young musicians from the Middle East.