Welsh bass baritone Bryn Terfel and teenage singer Hayley Westenra lead the nominations for the fifth classical Brit awards next month.
Westenra began singing at an early age
Violinists Nigel Kennedy and Vanessa Mae, and the world's first opera band Amici Forever will join the ceremony on 26 May at London's Royal Albert Hall.
TV news presenter Katie Derham returns for a fourth year to host the ceremony.
New Zealand-born Westenra, 17, has two nominations, as does Terfel - including one for male artist of the year.
Also receiving two nominations is composer and conductor John Rutter, whose Distant Land album is nominated for contemporary music award and ensemble/orchestral album of the year.
Five of the awards will be voted for by The Classical Brit awards voting academy, which includes the media, members of the Musicians Union, promoters, industry executives and orchestra leaders.
Listeners of Classic FM will be invited to vote for the album of the year award, and a panel of media will decide the winner of the critics' award.
Album of the year (longlist):
Aled Jones - Higher,
Amici Forever - The Opera Band,
Bryn Terfel - Bryn,
Denise Leigh/Jane Gilchrist - Operatunity,
Dominic Miller - Shapes,
Hayley Westenra - Pure,
Lesley Garrett - So Deep Is The Night,
Luciano Pavarotti - Ti Adoro,
Ludovico Einaudi - Echoes The Collection,
Myleene Klass - Moving On
Contemporary music award:
Gidon Kremer - Happy Birthday,
John Rutter - Distant Land,
Phillip Glass - The Hours
Female artist of the year:
Male artist of the year:
Sir Colin Davis,
Ensemble/orchestral album of the year:
John Rutter/RPO - Distant Land,
New College Oxford Choir/Higginbottom - Bach, St John Passion,
Sir Simon Rattle/VPO - Beethoven Symphonies
Young British classical performer:
LSO/Jansons : Mahler/Symphony no.6,
LSO (Harmonia Mundi),
Rattle/VPO : Beethoven/Complete Symphonies,
Vengerov/LSO/Rostropovitch: Britten/Walton/Violin Concerto
Outstanding contribution to music award:
In the gift of the BPI Council Renée Fleming