June 13, 2014

Antonio Pappano honoured at inaugural London Music Awards

The music director of the Royal Opera received the award for Exceptional Contribution to Music.

Sir Antonio Pappano was one of the luminaries honoured at the first London Music Awards, held last night at the Roundhouse in Camden and presented by Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Born in England to Italian parents, the maestro serves as music director of the Royal Opera, as well as the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Between London and Rome, he explores his special connection to the music of Puccini, Verdi and the Italian opera greats, most recently in recordings with Rolando Villazón, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle with the Accademia and the electrifying ROH Tosca filmed with Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel.

The maestro, who is an active and outspoken London figure in music education and arts funding, was honoured in the 'Exceptional Contribution to Music' category, alongside Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber (Individual Philanthropy).

The London Music Awards not only celebrates the most talented individuals that shape London as one of the great music capitals of the world; it also raises funds for the Mayor's Music Fund charity, which over two years has awarded grants totalling £1.3m to more than 14,000 young musicians. A cause Tony Pappano certainly approves of.