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THE SCOOP | Montreal Symphony And James Ehnes Lead The Way In 2021 Juno Award Nominations

By Michael Vincent on March 9, 2021


With last year’s Juno awards celebration in Saskatoon cancelled, the 50th annual awards scheduled for Toronto are extra special this year.

Spanning the four categories in Classical Music, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra has been nominated for two awards in the Classical Album of the year (large ensemble) for Ginastera – Bernstein – Moussa with Andrew Wan, and Penderecki: St. Luke Passion with the Kraków Philharmonic Choir and Warsaw Boys’ Choir. Les Violons du Roy with Charles Richard-Hamelin, BBC Philharmonic, and the Laval Symphony Orchestra with Jean-Philippe Sylvestre were also nominated.

The Solo/Chamber classical album of year nominees include Ensemble Made In Canada for the Mosaïque project, James Ehnes (nominated for two in the category), Jon Kimura Parker, Jens Lindemann, the Bozzini String Quartet, and ensemble Les Barocudas.

Competition in the vocal category is fierce this year with nominations for the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Toronto Symphony Orchestra featuring the late Erin Wall, the Ludwig Orchestra with soprano Barbara Hannigan, Karina Gauvin with Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Sarah Slean with the Symphony Nova Scotia, and Calgary’s Luminous Voices for their recording of Peter-Anthony Togni’s Sea Dreams.




Finally, the classical music composition category includes nods to foremost Canadian talents Alexina Louie, Ana Sokolović, Zosha Di Castri, Anna Höstman (her first nomination) and Samy Moussa.

For a list of the complete nominations, visit here.

Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber

• MOSAÏQUE Ensemble Made In Canada
• Bach & Brahms Reimagined James Ehnes, Jon Kimura Parker, Jens Lindemann
• Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 4, 5 & 8 James Ehnes with Andrew Armstrong Onyx
• La Peste Les Barocudas
• Ana Sokolović: Short Stories Quatuor Bozzini

Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble

• Mozart: Concertos pour piano / Piano Concertos Nos. 22 & 24 Les Violons du Roy, conducted by Jonathan Cohen, feat. Charles Richard-Hamelin
• Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 5, & Other Works Louis Lortie with BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Edward Gardner
• Jacques Hétu: Concertos Orchestre symphonique de Laval, conducted by Alain Trudel, feat. Jean-Philippe Sylvestre
• Ginastera – Bernstein – Moussa: Œuvres pour violon et orchestre / Works for Violin and Orchestra Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Kent Nagano, feat. Andrew Wan
• Penderecki: St. Luke Passion Orchestre symphonique de Montréal with Kraków Philharmonic Choir & Warsaw Boys’ Choir, conducted by Kent Nagano

Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral

• La passione Barbara Hannigan with Ludwig Orchestra
• Massenet: Thaïs Erin Wall, Joshua Hopkins, Andrew Staples, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis
• Nuits blanches: Airs d’opéra à la cour de Russie au XVIIe siècle / Opera Arias at the Russian Court of the 18th Century Karina Gauvin with Pacific Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Weimann
• Sea Dreams Luminous Voices, conducted by Timothy Shantz
• Sarah Slean and Symphony Nova Scotia Sarah Slean with Symphony Nova Scotia, conducted by Bernhard Gueller

Classical Composition of the Year

• Take The Dog Sled — Alexina Louie
• Commedia dell’arte — Ana Sokolović
• Harbour — Anna Höstman
• Violin Concerto “Adrano” — Samy Moussa
• Tachitipo — Zosha Di Castri

A hearty congrats to all the nominees.

The 50th anniversary of the JUNO Awards will broadcast from Toronto on Sunday, May 16.


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