Awards nominations

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AS the date approaches for the International Classical Music Awards - 8 January in Birmingham, 10 January on BBC 2 - we publish nominations for 14 of the 15 awards. The Personality of the Year, chosen by readers of the Independent and the BBC Music Magazine, will be announced on the night.

Singer of the Year - male

Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Thomas Hampson, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Luciano Pavarotti

Singer of the Year - female

Cecilia Bartoli, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Waltraud Meier, Cheryl Studer

Instrumentalist of the Year

Yuri Bashmet, Yo-Yo Ma, Andras Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida

Recording of the Year

Der Rosenkavalier (Haitink / EMI), Die Frau ohne Schatten (Solti / Decca), Beethoven Symphonies (Harnoncourt / Teldec), Janacek Glagolitic Mass (Tilson Thomas / Sony)

Composition of the Year

Corigliano The Ghosts of Versailles, Gorecki Quasi una fantasia, Reimann Das Schloss, Takemitsu Fantasma / Cantos, Tippett Quartet No 5

Conductor of the Year

Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt,

Sir Georg Solti

Orchestra of the Year

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic

Early Music Group of the Year

Freiburger Barockorchester, Sequentia, Tafelmusik, Les Arts Florissants

Opera Production of the Year

Pelleas et Melisande (WNO), The Ghosts of Versailles (New York Met), Wozzeck (Paris Chatelet), Mahagonny (Stuttgart)

Chamber Group of the Year

Alban Berg Quartet, Carmina Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, Trio Fontenay

Newcomer of the Year

Carlo Rizzi, Bryn Terfel, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Maxim Vengerov

Single Event of the Year

The Ghosts of Versailles (New York Met), On the Town (London Symphony Orchestra / Barbican), Tosca from Rome, St Francis of Assisi (Salzburg)

Festival or Concert Series of the Year

BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, Salzburg Festival, 20th Century Season at Le Chatelet, Wien Modern

Chorus of the Year

Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Kirov Opera Chorus, Monteverdi Choir, Stockholm

Radio Choir