The JUNO Awards were presented at an in-person gala for the first time in three years on May 15, 2022 in Toronto.
The annual event by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) featured expected multiple wins by pop music superstars Charlotte Cardin and The Weeknd, and four awards given in classical music categories.
Classical music nominees included high profile artists like Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Jan Lisiecki, and a winners list that demonstrates Canada’s burgeoning talent roster, many of whom are making their mark on the international stage.
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SOLO ARTIST) | ALBUM CLASSIQUE DE L’ANNÉE (SOLO)
enargeia by Emily D’Angelo (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal)
After a Lincoln Center Award win in 2020, and as the one and only person granted the Leonard Bernstein Award from the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, dynamic Toronto-born mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo has been lighting up stages across the globe. It’s no surprise to find her highly acclaimed debut release on the DG label, inspired by Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century abbess and polymath, and featuring other women composers, on the winners list.
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (LARGE ENSEMBLE) | ALBUM CLASSIQUE DE L’ANNÉE (GRAND ENSEMBLE)
Solfeggio by L’Harmonie des saisons, conducted by Eric Milnes ft. Hélène Brunet (ATMA/Naxos)
Soprano Hélène Brunet is featured on this collection of baroque and classical arias she picked based on her affinity for the music. The approach paid off on this album recorded with period music specialists L’Harmonie des saisons, conducted by Eric Milnes. The final track of the album gives it its name, a wordless solfeggio that showcases Brunet’s warm voice.
CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR | COMPOSITION CLASSIQUE DE L’ANNÉE
Arras by Keiko Devaux (Analekta/F.A.B./The Orchard)
One prestigious award leads to another for Montreal-based composer Keiko Devaux, who adds a Juno win to other recent accolades, including Quebec’s Prix Opus for Composer of the year in 2022. She was awarded the inaugural Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music in 2020, which led to the composition of Arras, her evocative Juno-award winning piece revolving around themes of memory.
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SMALL ENSEMBLE) | ALBUM CLASSIQUE DE L’ANNÉE (PETIT ENSEMBLE)
Beethoven: Sonates pour violon et piano / Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 5 by Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin (Analekta/F.A.B./The Orchard)
At 28, Charles Richard-Hamelin stunned the classical music world with his second place finish at the Chopin Competition, and he’s been fascinating both audiences and critics with his technical and artistic virtuosity ever since. He’s paired with violinist Andrew Wan, who was named Concertmaster of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) while in his 20s.
Bravo/Brava to all the winners.
Get the daily arts news straight to your inbox.