Monday, July 9, 2018

Barbara Hannigan Named Finalist for 2018 Masterworks Award

Barbara Hannigan Crazy Girl Crazy Masterworks Award 2018 finalist

Barbara Hannigan is among the five finalists for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. She's nominated for her award-winning album Crazy Girl Crazy.

Crazy Girl Crazy is Barbara's debut recording, which was released in 2017. The work is a new arrangement of music from Gershwin’s Girl Crazy, and Berio’s Sequenza III for solo voice. 

Barbara combines the roles of conductor and soprano soloist throughout the album, which was recorded with the innovative musical collective LUDWIG Orchestra.

The New York Times named Crazy Girl Crazy one of the 25 Best Classical Music Recordings in 2017, which went on to win both a Juno and Grammy award for classical music in 2018. 

Barbara received a Talent Trust scholarship in 1993. She's carved out an impressive career since completing her studies, performing  with renowned orchestras such as The Berlin Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony, and at iconic venues including New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s Royal Opera House. 

She'll take on the role of Principal Guest Conductor with the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden for their 2019-2020 season. 

Barbara's won numerous accolades during her career, including the Order of Canada in 2016.

The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award recognizes the excellence of a work of art or design from any medium. The work must have made a significant impact through its public presentation and have contributed to the historical development and contemporary practice of the art form. 

The Masterworks Award was established by the Honourable Myra Freeman in 2005. To learn more about the five finalists for 2018, visit the Masterworks website.

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