Benny Andersson receives ‘Classics Without Boundaries’ Opus Klassik award

The Opus Klassik awards were presented last night at Konzerthouse Berlin
The Opus Klassik awards were presented on 14 October at Konzerthouse Berlin

Yesterday afternoon, at a prestigious ceremony in Konzerthaus Berlin, Benny Andersson was presented with an Opus Klassik award in recognition of his solo album Piano.

The prize is a new one and this year represents the first opportunity The Association for the Promotion of Classical Music has had to honour outstanding classical artists and sound recordings.

“Classical music in Germany has to be honoured with its own prize,” said Burkhard Glashoff, CEO of the Association for the Advancement of Classical Music. “In this respect we developed a concept for a new music prize that recognises exceptional achievement and reflects the industry in all its diversity,” he explained.

The winners were selected by a jury of music industry experts.

Benny was presented with the award for ‘Classics Without Boundaries’, by the German singer and leader of the Palast Orchestra, Max Raabe.

In his acceptance speech, Benny spoke of how he had been extremely surprised and incredibly humbled to have been nominated for such a prestigious prize.

Benny Andersson with his Opus Klassik award
Benny Andersson with his Opus Klassik award for his solo album ‘Piano’

He said that he had originally only made the album so that his grandchildren would have a recording of him playing but was now beginning to think it had been a rather good idea! He also said that it felt particularly special as it was the first award he had received just for him, rather than as part of a group such as ABBA or BAO.

During the prize-giving concert, which was recorded and broadcast by the German television channel ZDF, Benny performed music from CHESS as well as Thank You For The Music, together with the concert house’s orchestra and the other celebrated artists, for the concert’s finale.

Benny speaking to the media yesterday afternoon in Berlin
Benny speaking to the media yesterday afternoon in Berlin

Other live performances included opera stars Diana Damrau and Juan Diego Flórez, Regula Mühlemann, Lucas & Arthur Jussen, 4 Times Baroque and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who played at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last May.

A special edition of the album Piano (including two bonus tracks just released to digital media outlets MoneyMoney, Money and Jag hör) will be released in November.

Benny Andersson – Piano

2 Replies to “Benny Andersson receives ‘Classics Without Boundaries’ Opus Klassik award”

  1. Rui Campos commented: He completely deserves this award. Many thanks to him for giving us the pleasure of listening excellent music.

  2. Amanda said: Congratulations Benny! How about some new ABBA songs? Can’t wait to hear the 2 new songs in December

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