Winners revealed: the 2011 Limelight Awards!

The brilliant performers who brought the house down in 2011, as chosen by Limelight readers.

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More than 4,000 classical music lovers voted in the 2011 Limelight Awards to let us know which recitals, operas, recordings and music personalities impressed them the most this year (1 September 2010 – 1 September 2011). The winners in 12 categories were announced on December 15, in a ceremony hosted by Guy Noble at the Sydney Opera House.

This year's awards celebrate the debut of an all-star Australian orchestra; a Russian conductor we have welcomed as our own; a composer who overcame tragedy to create a masterpiece... We proudly present the Limelight Award winners – the performers who brought the house down in 2011.

Music Personality of the Year
Best Orchestral Performance
Best Chamber Performance
Best Solo Performance
Best Opera Production
Best Performance in an opera (new category)
Best Classical Recording
Best World Music recording
Best Jazz recording
Best New Composition
Best Event/Festival
Best Newcomer

Music Personality of the year

Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor

 

Also nominated:

Cheryl Barker, soprano
Brett Dean, composer/violist
Paul Dyer, conductor/harpsichordist
Elena Kats-Chernin, composer

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