NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE CONGRATULATES JUNO AWARD WINNERS ANGELA HEWITT AND NAC ORCHESTRA
March 16, 2015 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The
National Arts Centre congratulates Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt who
won the JUNO Award for Best Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble
or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment) for Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 22 & 24 (Hyperion), recorded with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and conducted by Hannu Lintu.
recording was captured in July 2013 in Ms. Hewitt’s hometown of Ottawa,
as she and the NAC Orchestra performed on the NAC’s Southam Hall stage
in front of a live concert audience. The recording was up against
stiff competition from other top Canadian orchestras including the
Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and
l’Orchestre Métropolitain. The JUNO Awards took place over the weekend in Hamilton.
were delighted to hear that Angela Hewitt was awarded a JUNO,” said NAC
Orchestra Managing Director Christopher Deacon. “Angela Hewitt has had a
lifelong relationship with the NAC Orchestra and we are so grateful to
have been able to work with her and Hannu Lintu on this beautiful
ABOUT ANGELA HEWITT
Hewitt is a phenomenal artist who has established herself at the
highest level, not least through her award-winning recordings for
Hyperion. Her series of all the major keyboard works of Bach has been
described as “one of the record glories of our age” (The Sunday
Times). Her discography also includes recordings of Beethoven,
Chabrier, Couperin, Debussy, Fauré, Granados, Messiaen, Rameau, Ravel,
Schumann, the complete Chopin Nocturnes and a cycle of Mozart Concertos.
Born in Ottawa, into a musical family, Angela Hewitt began her piano
studies at the age of three. At the age of nine, she gave her first
recital at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music where she later
studied, going on to learn with the French pianist Jean-Paul Sévilla.
She won the Viotti Competition in Italy and the Toronto International
Bach Competition, and was a top prizewinner in the Bach competitions of
Leipzig and Washington DC, as well as the Dino Ciani Competition at La
Scala, Milan. She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000.
She was also awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006. She
has lived in London since 1985 but also has homes in Canada and Umbria.
ABOUT THE NAC ORCHESTRA
National Arts Centre Orchestra is noted for the passion and clarity of
its performances and recordings, ground-breaking teaching and outreach
programs, and nurturing of Canadian creativity. This vibrant orchestra
was formed in 1969 at the opening of Canada's National Arts Centre, and
gives over 100 performances a year, with world renowned artists. The
Orchestra tours Canada and internationally, including China (2013) and
the UK (2014), showcasing Canadian composers and musicians as performers
and educators. The Orchestra continually pioneers education work
locally, internationally and in indigenous communities in northern
Canada. The Orchestra has made over 40 commercial recordings, including
six with Music Director Pinchas Zukerman. This Juno Award winning
recording of Mozart Piano Concertos 22 and 24 with Angela Hewitt and
Hannu Lintu was released in June 2014 on Hyperion Records.
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