Photo: Jonny Walton/Kaptur
Photo: Jonny Walton/Kaptur

The second ABO/Rhinegold awards, honouring the backstage talent in the UK’s classical music industry, were announced on 23 January at the Association of British Orchestras conference in Leeds, at which Nicola Benedetti presented Hazard Chase Managing Director James Brown with the Artist Manager of the Year Award.

James Brown was honoured principally for the exceptionally successful year of Benjamin Grosvenor, whom he manages. ‘Nothing is more responsible and demanding than nurturing prodigious talent when it emerges at a very young age,’ reads the citation. ‘Last year saw the pianist Benjamin Grosvenor come ever more into the spotlight … One key element in this ever-developing success has been the patient work and guidance of his manager at the Hazard Chase office over seven years.’