American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has won the Artist of the Year Award at the Gramophone Awards 2010, announced this afternoon at the Dorchester Hotel, London.
Joyce was nominated for the Artist of the Year Award alongside artists including Placido Domingo, Isabelle Faust, Lang Lang, Paul Lewis and Kent Nagano, and chosen as the winner by the public. She also scooped the Recital Award for her Virgin Classics recording “Colbran, the Muse” Rossini: Opera Arias.
Throughout the afternoon, Joyce has been giving us a unique insight into what goes on at one of the biggest classical music awards ceremonies of the year, telling us the winners as they’re announced and quotes from the speeches.
Other winners at the Gramophone Awards included Alfred Brendel, who took Lifetime Achievement, Sol Gabetta, who was named Young Artist of the Year, Antonio Pappano, for his recording of Verdi’s Requiem, and André Rieu, who won the Specialist Classical Chart Award.
See the complete list of winners below.
Recording of the Year
Byrd ‘Infelix Ego’ - The Cardinall’s Musick / Andrew Carwood (Hyperion)
Adams Nixon in China – Marin Alsop (Naxos)
Brian Couzens (Chandos)
Artist of the Year (public vote)
Young Artist of the Year
Label of the Year
Vivaldi The French Connection – La Serenissima (Avie)
Bach, Lotti, Zelenka Choral Works – Thomas Hengelbrock (DHM)
Beethoven Complete Violin Sonatas – Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov (HM)
Verdi Requiem – Antonio Pappano (EMI Classics)
Elgar Violin Concerto – Thomas Zehetmair, Hallé Orchestra, Mark Elder (Hallé)
Adès The Tempest – Royal Opera House, Thomas Adès (EMI Classics)
Leonard Bernstein Reflections – Leonard Bernstein (Idéale Audience)
Purcell The Fairy Queen – Glyndebourne Festival Production (Opus Arte)
Byrd Infelix Ego – The Cardinall’s Musick (Hyperion)
Beethoven The 32 Piano Sonatas – Friedrich Gulda (Orfeo)
Horowitz Complete Jacket Collection – Vladimir Horowitz (RCA Red Seal)
Live from Vienna – Arcadi Volodos (Sony Classical)
Wagner Götterdämmerung – Dalayman; Cleveman; Hallé, Elder (Hallé)
Dvorak Symphonic Poems – Czech PO, Sir Charles Mackerras (Supraphon)
“Colbran, the Muse” Rossini: Opera Arias – Joyce DiDonato (Virgin Classics)
Schubert Winterreise – Mark Padmore, Paul Lewis (HM)