1 Vladimir Jurowski, artistic director of Svetlanov State Orchestra for his War and Peace series, regarded as an anti-war statement.
2 Philip Glass Satyagraha, at the Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, a repertoire breakthrough.
3 Perm State Academic Opera chorus (choirmaster – Vitaly Polonsky) for outstanding artistic quality.
4 ‘Homecoming’ festival of chamber music.
5 Dr Polina Weidmann of the Tchaikovsky Museum for her work on the complete Tchaikovsky edition.
6 Timothy Kulyabin’s controversial Tannhäuser production at Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre which caused the government to sack the theatre’s directors.
The winner will be announced on October 19.