awards & nominations
2016 ICMA - Winner: Best Baroque Instrumental
Congratulations to Michala Petri and Mahan Esfahani for being selected as the WINNERS of the 2016 IMCA (International Classical Music Awards) for their debut release on OUR Recordings, “La Follia” (OUR Recordings 6.220610), in the category Best Baroque Instrumental.

The album was the result of an extraordinary musical voyage that began during 13th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival, in Cyprus. In danger of losing its funding due to the Greek economic crisis, Esfahani and Petri deferred paymentin order that the festival be able to continue its programming. Their performances were hailed as one of the highlights of the festival and it was announced "On Cyprus a Dream Team is Born."

Plans were immediately made for future performances and recording projects, the first of which was an inspired take on Corelli’s Baroque masterworks, the Violin Sonatas Op. 5. Drawing upon the rich legacy of contemporary sources, the duo set about rehearsing for what would be the ne plus ultra of High Baroque embellishment and improvisation.

The recording was made by Michala Petri and Mahan Esfahani during three inspired days of playing in Copenhagen's Garnisons Kirke, and the album won enthusiastic acclaim from the international music press upon release.

"This is a recording that will repay repeated listening as a masterclass in musical collaboration. It breaks new and higher ground" Julie Anne Sadie, Gramophone January 2015.

The other nomineés were: J .S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos with A. Staier and Freiburger Baroqueorchester on Harmonia Mundi and W. Lawes: The Royal Concerts with Phantasm on Linn Records.

The International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) grew out of the Cannes Classical Awards (later called MIDEM Classical Awards) and were first awarded on April 6, 2011. The jury consists of music critics of the international music magazines Andante, Crescendo, Fono Forum, Gramofon, Kultura, Musica, Musik & Theater, Opera, Pizzicato, Rondo Classic, Scherzo, and the radio stations MDR-Figaro (Germany), Orpheus Radio (Russia 99.2FM), [1] Radio 100,7 (Luxembourg) the Internationales Musik And Medienzentrum (IMZ), Vienna, the website Resmusica.com (France) and radio Classic (Finland). For the 2016 awards the jury nominated from 115 labels representing 18 countries from Europe, Asia and North America.

The award ceremony will take place April the 1th at a TV/Radio Broadcast Gala Concert in San Sebastian, Basque Country in Spain, with the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl.

2015 Nordic Council Music Prize

2015 ECHO Klassik (Deutsche Schallplattenpreis) Germany)
for the CD "The Nightingale"
with SWR Chamber Choir in a Children's version

2014 Frederiksborg Amts Kulturpris

2014 DMA P2-Prisen (DK)
for the CD "Drømte mig en Drøm"
with The Danish National Vocal Ensemble and Michael Bojesen

2012 ECHO Klassik (Deutsche Schallplattenpreis) Germany)
for the CD "The Nightingale"
with The Danish National Chamber Choir and Stephen Layton

2012 Grammy Award (US) - Nominee: Best Choral Performance
55th Annual Grammy Awards
Best Choral Performance


for the CD "The Nightingale" with The Danish National Chamber Choir and Stephen Layton

2012 Grammy Award (US) - Nominee: Best Classical Contemporary Composition
55th Annual Grammy Awards
Best Classical Contemporary Composition


for the "The Nightingale" by Uģis Prauliņš
from the CD "The Nightingale" with The Danish National Chamber Choir and Stephen Layton

2011 Knight of the Dannebrog
Ranked First

2011 Grammy Award (US) - Nominee: Best Classical Instrumental Solo
54th Annual Grammy Awards
Best Classical Instrumental Solo


for the CD "Chinese Recorder Concertos" with The Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Lan Shui

2007 Grammy Award (US) - Nominee: Best Classical Contemporary Composition
50th Annual Grammy Awards
Best Classical Contemporary Composition


for "Northern Concerto" by Joan Albert Amargós
from the CD "Movements"

2006 DMA P2-Prisen (DK)
for the CD "L.A. Street Concertos"
with various Artists

2005 European Soloist Prize: Pro Europa

2002 ECHO Klassik (Deutsche Schallplattenpreis) Germany)
for the CD "Kreisler Inspirations"
with Lars Hannibal

2000 Léonie Sonnings Musikpris

1998 H. C. Lumbye Prisen

1998 Wilhelm Hansen Prisen

1997 Volmer Sørensens Mindelegat

1997 ECHO Klassik (Deutsche Schallplattenpreis) Germany)
for the CD "Vivaldi"
with Vladimir Spivakov

1996 Æreshåndværker i Haandværkerforeningen i Kjøbenhavn
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