Winners announced at UK’s Gramophone Classical Music Awards

A range of soloists, ensembles and labels have been recognized for their work over the past year, including VC Young Artist Johan Dalene

The UK based company Gramophone magazine recently held its annual awards at its first in-person ceremony since 2019. A range of individuals, ensembles and labels have been recognized for their work over the past year.

The Orchestra of the Year went to Budapest Philharmonic Orchestradirected by Ivan Fischer. It was the only award to be determined by public vote. 24,000 individual voters cast their ballots, 38% of whom voted for the whole of Budapest.

A Korngold recording Die Stadt tote was the recipient of Recording of the Year. It featured Jonah Kaufman and Marlis petersonas well as the Choirs and the Orchestra of Bavarian State Orchestra driven by Kirill petrenkowith staging by Simon Rock.

Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim won a Lifetime Achievement Award for his significance as a performer over many decades, as well as his extensive recording output. According to Gramophone, Barenboim “occupied the highest echelons of classical music for more than half a century”. The citation also acknowledged his humanitarian beliefs.

VC young artist Johan Dalene won the Young Artist of the Year award and was present at the ceremony to receive the honour. The 22-year-old Swedish violinist was named ECHO Rising Star and BBC New Generation Artist from 2019 to 2022. Dalene has recorded both Sibelius and Nielsen concertos and won Denmark’s Carl Nielsen competition in 2019.

Chandos received the label of the year award. The company has been described as “showcasing both long-established and newly nurtured partnerships, [releasing] albums that add both breadth and depth to the catalog, [and having] a dedication to sound quality.”

Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo received the Concept Album Award for his record Energy. The album crossed works by women such as Hildur Gudnadóttir, Hildegard von Bingen, Missy Mazzoli and Sarah Kirkland Snider.

Finally, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra received the Special Achievement Award for their twin releases titled Mozart Momentum. The discs explore Mozart’s works from the years 1785 and 1786, including concerto and chamber music works.

“Music has brought comfort and hope, it has brought people together through many new and innovative technologies, it has been recognized for the huge role it plays in societies around the world,” said james Jolly, editor of Gramophone.

You can read the full list of rewards here.