The nominees for the 2020 ARIA Awards have been announced, with recorder player Alicia Crossley and pianist Jayson Gillham among those receiving nods in the Best Classical Album category, and early keyboard specialist Erin Helyard coming up twice in the nominations.
Recorder virtuoso Alicia Crossley
Recorder virtuoso Alicia Crossley’s Muse album on the Move label – on which she collaborated with the Acacia Quartet to perform music by Australian composers Lyle Chan, Anne Boyd, Chris Williams, Stephen Yates, Jessica Wells and Sally Whitwell – was nominated, while Jayson Gillham’s Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Carter on ABC Classic – taken from live concerts in 2019 – is also in the running.
Erin Helyard is up twice in this year’s awards, with nominations going to both his recording of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin song cycle with baritone David Greco (watch out for the Limelight review in November) and for his Beethoven and Mozart Violin Sonatas album with Richard Tognetti. The latter, which was Limelight‘s Recording of the Month in March, took out the Best Independent Classical Album or EP at the 2020 AIR Awards earlier this month.
Guitarist Slava Grigoryan is a regular at the ARIA Awards, and he returns again this year, this time alongside cellist Sharon Grigoryan, with the couple’s album of duets for ABC Classic, Our Place, nominated, as well as in the Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album category for A Boy Called Sailboat with Leonard Grigoryan.
Paul Kelly, who took out last year’s Best Classical Album for Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds, returns in the Best Jazz Album category for his album Please Leave Your Light On with Paul Grabowsky, up against Katie Noonan’s The Sweetest Taboo, Luke Howard’s All That Is Not Solid, Mike Nock, Hamish Stuart, Julien Wilson and Jonathan Zwartz’s album This World and Nat Bartsch’s Forever More.
Meanwhile oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros’ Live at the Sydney Opera House album with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra has been nominated in the Best World Music Album category, and composer Dan Golding’s Debussy-based soundtrack for the viral hit video game Untitled Goose Game, released on the Decca label, has been nominated in the Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album category.
The nominees for Best Music Teacher of the Year go to CJ Shaw at Palmerston District Primary School in Canberra, Kathryn McLennan at Virginia State School in Queensland, Sarah Donnelley at Wilcannia Central School in New South Wales and Thomas Fienberg at Evans High School in Blacktown, New South Wales.
“It’s been a year we will never forget. Our industry has taken a hit, but the creativity of our local artists has not. Our artists have shown great resilience and their music has helped many Australians get through these tough times,” said ARIA CEO Dan Rosen. “I congratulate each of this year’s ARIA Nominees, who make up a remarkable list of Australian artists who have made a difference this year. I also want to congratulate all the Fine Arts and Artisan and nominees. The music industry is a team effort, and their role is vital in making our music industry robust.”
“I am looking forward to celebrating the Nominees and Australian music at the 2020 ARIA Awards, in partnership with YouTube Music, on November 25th at The Star, Sydney and around the country on the Nine Network,” Rosen said.