Angela Schwarzkopf has been nominated for a 2020 JUNO Award for her album, detach. Nominated for classical album of the year (solo or chamber), Schwarzkopf’s album features percussionists Michelle Colton and Étienne Levesqu on vibraphone and showcases works written by six Canadian composers. Produced by Schwarzkopf and recorded by Peter Gemmell, the album was made possible by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council.
Schwarzkopf shares, “Being nominated for a JUNO is a massive honor in the Canadian music industry, and I feel so lucky to be included. The goal of my recording project was to support current Canadian composers by recording their music and making it available to a larger audience. This nomination means that all of this new harp music is being recognized and promoted in a really big way.” Other harpists to win JUNO awards include Judy Loman and Erica Goodman.
The JUNO Awards were “founded to raise the public profile and recognition of musical arts in Canada.” Named in honor of Pierre Juneau, the awards have evolved into a weeklong festival that travel from city to city across Canada. The 2020 award ceremony will take place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on March 15, with singer Alessia Cara hosting. Learn more at junoawards.ca.