Gramophone Awards 2015 winners announced

Conductor Bernard Haitink wins Lifetime Achievement Award, while one of Claudio Abbado's final recordings takes the coveted Recording of the Year Award

Bernard Haitink

Bernard Haitink has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gramophone Awards, while fellow conductor Paavo Järvi took the Artist of the Year award, which is voted for by the public.

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Claudio Abbado's recording of Bruckner's Symphony No.9, performed by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, was named Recording of the Year. Abbado, who died in 2014, recorded some of his greatest recordings in the final years of his life. The Award was collected by Claudio Abbado's son, Sebastian.

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The other category winners were:

Baroque instrumental
Bach: Cello Suites - David Watkin (cello)

Baroque vocal
Monteverdi: Vespers - Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini

Chamber
Smetana: String Quartets 1 & 2 – Pavel Haas Quartet

Choral
Elgar: Sea Pictures. Dream of Gerontius – Sarah Connolly (mezzo), Stuart Skelton (ten), David Soar (bass), BBC SO & Chorus / Sir Andrew Davis

Concerto
Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 - Maria Joao Pires (pf), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Harding

Contemporary
Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8 - Vienna Philharmonic / Sakari Oramo

Early Music
The Spy's Choirbook: Mouton, de la Rue, Desprez, Strus, Therache, Fevin, Isaac, Ghiselin, Josquin etc - Alamire, The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble / David Skinner

Instrumental
Bach: English Suites 1, 3, 5 - Piotr Andersewski (pf)

Opera
Strauss: Elektra - Soloists, Orchestre de Paris / Esa-Pekka Salonen (prod. Patrice Chéreau)

Orchestral
Bruckner: Symphony No 9    - Lucerne Festival Orchestra / Claudio Abbado

Recital
'A French Baroque Diva' Arias for Marie Fel – Carolyn Sampson (sop), Ex Cathedra / Jeffrey Skidmore

Solo Vocal
Schubert Lieder – Nachtviolen – Christian Gerhaher (bar), Gerold Huber (pf)

Young Artist of the Year
Joseph Moog

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Get a full list of 2013 nominees, previous winners, hosts and more. Don't miss this year's winners on the 27th of August.