Jack Liebeck takes a bow and plucks a top classical music award
Violinist Jack Liebeck has been awarded the 2010 Classical BRIT award for Young British Performer.
It was based on the success of his debut recording for Sony Classical of Dvorak's Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata & Sonatina.
Mr Liebeck, 29, started playing the violin at the age of eight and went on to study at the Purcell School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music.
He has since performed around the world with leading orchestras and renowned conductors.
Mr Liebeck tells People: "I was very surprised to win. It's the first time I have won anything for one of my recordings, so it is a big one."
Mr Liebeck, who lives in London, is now getting ready to release his second CD, The Complete Brahms Sonatas, on July 5. He is also in the process of working on his third. A committed chamber musician, Mr Liebeck made his debut London recital at a sold-out Wigmore Hall in 2002.
This seasons engagements include a performance of Berg's Chamber Concerto with the Manchester Camerata for the BBC; appearances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; plus recitals in Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oxford and London.
His live performances have been broadcast on BBC Television, Radio 3 and 4 and on radio and television all over the world. He appears as a soloist on a Warner Classics disc of Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales, narrated by Stephen Fry and Vanessa Redgrave with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields orchestra; and on
the movie soundtrack of Middletown.