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Gustavo Dudamel has been voted Artist of the Year at the Gramophone Awards today.
The Venuezuelan conductor's victory was announced today at London’s Dorchester Hotel in a ceremony hosted by soprano Susan Bullock. The award was voted for by Gramophone readers and presented to Dudamel by The Hon. Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries.
Dudamel, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to conducting in Los Angeles, said: “Being Gramophone Artist of the Year is a great honour – made even more special by the fact that I was selected by all of you. 2011 has been a wonderful year of music-making with my three amazing musical families: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Göteborgs Symfoniker. On accepting this award I do so on behalf of my musical families and young musicians everywhere. Let’s all continue to keep extraordinary music alive, sharing the power and beauty of music with everybody.”
Elsewhere 'Wigmore Hall Live' became the first live label to win the Label of the Year award, while Pavel Haas Quartet scooped the coveted Recording of the Year award. Montenegrin guitarist Miloš went home with two awards, Young Artist of the Year and the Specialist Classical Chart Award. The Special Achievement Award went to Sir John Eliot Gardiner for his formidable work on the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, while celebrated mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony.
Check out the full list of winners and watch Gustavo Dudamel's acceptance speech below -
GRAMOPHONE AWARDS 2011 WINNERS:
Rossini: Stabat Mater; Netrebko; DiDonato; Brownlee; D'Arcangelo; Santa Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra / Antonio Pappano
CPE Bach: Harpsichord Concertos. Andreas Staier; Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Mullejans
Handel: Apollo e Dafne. La Risonanza
Dvořák: String Quartets. Pavel Haas Quartet
Elgar: The Kingdom. Hallé Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder
Debussy, Ravel, Massenet: Concertante piano works. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet; BBC SO / Tortelier
Birtwistle: Night’s Black Bird. Hallé Orchestra / Ryan Wigglesworth
‘Carlos Kleiber: Traces to Nowhere.’ A film by Eric Schultz
Verdi: Don Carlo. Villazón; Poplovskaya; Keenlyside / Antonio Pappano
Striggio: Mass in 40 parts. I Fagiolini / Robert Hollingworth
Mahler/Cooke: Symphony No 10. Philharmonia, LSO / Berthold Goldschmidt
Brahms: Handel Variations etc. Murray Perahia
Rossini: Ermione. Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra / David Parry
Shostakovich: Symphony No 10. RLPO / Vasily Petrenko
Verismo Arias. Jonas Kaufmann; Santa Cecilia / Antonio Pappano
Britten: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake. Gerald Finley; Julius Drake
Watch Gustavo Dudamel's acceptance video below