Gramophone Awards 2019: final winners, behind-the-scenes exclusives, and more!
2 October 2019, 14:32 | Updated: 17 October 2019, 12:25
We share all the best moments from the Gramophone Awards 2019. Here’s everything you need to know...
The Gramophone Awards celebrates the very best music, artists and recordings in classical music.
With pianist Bertrand Chamayou, violinist Isabelle Faust and baritone Christian Gerhaher among the artists already announced as winners (see below), we bring you all the action from the night of the ceremony itself – including the Recording of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award announcements – and beautiful live performances.
Congratulations to all of tonight’s winners, nominees and performers.
Winners of the Gramophone Awards 2019 announced
The final winners of the Gramophone Awards 2019 have been announced.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic has been voted Orchestra of the Year by the public, while soprano Dame Emma Kirkby has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award and pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has scooped the coveted Artist of the Year prize, sponsored by Classic FM.
Recording of the Year goes to pianist Bertrand Chamayou for his sublime recording of Saint-Saëns.
Also honoured were sensational countertenor, Jakub Józef Orliński (Young Artist of the Year) and guitarist Sean Shibe (winner of the new Concept Album award), who features the first ever electric guitar seen at the classical music awards event.
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Highlights from the night
The 2019 Gramophone Recording of the Year Award goes to the stunning album of music by Saint-Saëns by Bertrand Chamayou, the French National Orchestra and Emmanuel Krivine on Erato. @ChamayouB @nationaldefce @WarnerClassics #GramoAwards https://t.co/CdIyNZLtMG pic.twitter.com/u6Nvy7bAO0— Gramophone (@GramophoneMag) October 16, 2019
The #GramoAwards Chamber category (spon @KingsPlace) is won for Debussy’s Les Trois Sonates: The Late Works by Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Tanguy de Williencourt, Magali Mosnier, @AntoineTamestit, Xavier de Maistre, @QueyrasJG, @perianespiano on label @harmoniamundi pic.twitter.com/6cF2E7oddj— PremierClassical (@PremierClassica) October 16, 2019
A glimpse into the work of @PENTATONEmusic with some Grieg and Mendelssohn from pianist Denis Kozhukhin, whose album was @GramophoneMag’s Recording of the Month in September! #GramoAwards— PremierClassical (@PremierClassica) October 16, 2019
Live on @medicitv right now! pic.twitter.com/P9vaAORCcd
.@PENTATONEmusic are #GramoAwards 2019 Label of the Year. Pentatone’s Managing Director Simon Eder is here to collect this coveted prize! #GramoAwards Congratulations Pentatone! pic.twitter.com/EvAUHJdOjH— PremierClassical (@PremierClassica) October 16, 2019
[ #GRAMOAWARDS ] The Opera award goes to La Reine de Chypre by Fromenthal Halévy. Notorious cast with Véronique Gens and @cyrille_dubois conducted by @HerveNiquet for @BruZane. https://t.co/BoQ9VRCvMk pic.twitter.com/Be8ZJOeqqt— medici.tv (@medicitv) October 16, 2019
[ #GRAMOAWARDS ] French pianist @ChamayouB comes back to perform Saint-Saëns’s Etude Les cloches de Las Palmas, also recorded in his Award-winning album. https://t.co/BoQ9VRCvMk pic.twitter.com/kvB9zq5Km7— medici.tv (@medicitv) October 16, 2019
[ #GRAMOAWARDS ] The Lifetime Achievement Award goes this year to one of the world's most renowned early music specialists….— medici.tv (@medicitv) October 16, 2019
Dame Emma Kirkby steps onto the stage to give her acceptance speech. 💗https://t.co/BoQ9VRCvMk pic.twitter.com/jjVrBeMfVY
Three members of #ArteDeiSuonatori performing Rondo from Lessel’s Piano Trio in E - #EvaGolinska on violin, #MaciejŁukaszuk on cello and #KatarzynaDrogosz on fortepiano! #GramoAwards— PremierClassical (@PremierClassica) October 16, 2019
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Last year’s Recital Award-winner, Delphine Galou, returned this evening to perform ‘L'innocenza sfortunata’ from Vivaldi’s opera Tieteberga pic.twitter.com/4LIgoJAVl8— Gramophone (@GramophoneMag) October 16, 2019
#GramoAwards 2019 Artist of the Year @VikingurMusic returns on stage for a stunning performance of Alexander #Siloti’s transcription of Bach’s Prelude in B minor and #Ramesu’s ‘Le rappel des oiseaux’— PremierClassical (@PremierClassica) October 16, 2019
You could hear a pin drop... pic.twitter.com/1oo79k5kdp
Incredible pianist @VikingurMusic plays a gorgeous Bach transcription. Víkingur has just won 'Artist of the Year' at the @GramophoneMag Classical Music Awards 2019, sponsored by @ClassicFM pic.twitter.com/83iI6QAarN— Classic FM (@ClassicFM) October 16, 2019
The 2019 Gramophone Artist of the Year Award – sponsored by @ClassicFM – has been won by the remarkable pianist Víkingur Ólafsson @VikingurMusic #GramoAwards https://t.co/kNb3hOV5ZW pic.twitter.com/4JZgj5iPmL— Gramophone (@GramophoneMag) October 16, 2019
Gramophone’s 2019 Young Artist of the Year Award has been won by Jakub Józef Orlinski. This Award is presented in association with @NordoffRobbins1 #GramoAwards https://t.co/qF9UshfyzI pic.twitter.com/boC1MUFdPE— Gramophone (@GramophoneMag) October 16, 2019
Beautiful performance of #Vivaldi aria ‘L’innocenza sfortunata’ from French contralto Delphine Galou who won last year’s Recital Award! #ArteDeiSuonatoriste #GramoAwards— PremierClassical (@PremierClassica) October 16, 2019
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[ #GRAMOAWARDS ] The @GramophoneMag Classical Music Awards have been running since 1977 and happens tonight at the De Vere @GrandConnaught Rooms. It is the most prestigious annual celebration of today's greatest artists and the year's most remarkable recordings. pic.twitter.com/IgTe7jzXFT— medici.tv (@medicitv) October 16, 2019
Category winners announced
Among the ten category winners announced, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vox Luminis and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra are ensembles being recognised, while conductor Sakari Oramo has also scooped a win.
Gramophone 2019 Category Award Winners
Debussy: The Late Works
Magali Mosnier (flute), Isabelle Faust (violin), Antoine Tamestit (viola), Xavier de Maistre (harp), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), Alexander Melnikov, Javier Perianes, Tanguy de Williencourt
Ensemble Masques / Olivier Fortin; Vox Luminis / Lionel Meunier
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos 2 and 5
Bertrand Chamayou (piano), French National Orchestra / Emmanuel Krivine
Allan Clayton (tenor, Hamlet), Barbara Hannigan (soprano,orphelia), Sarah Connolly (mezzo, Gertrude), et al., Glyndebourne Chorus; London Philharmonic Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski
Cardoso: Vocal Works
Cupertinos / Luís Toscano
The Berlin Recital
Yuja Wang (piano)
Halévy: La reine de Chypre
Véronique Gens (soprano, Catarina Cornaro), Cyrille Dubois (tenor, Gérard de Coucy), Étienne Dupuis (baritone, Jacques de Lusignan), et al., Flemish Radio Choir; Paris Chamber Orchestra / Hervé Niquet
Langgaard: Symphonies Nos 2 and 6
Anu Komsi (soprano), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Sakari Oramo
Cavalli: Ombra mai fu
Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor), Emőke Baráth (soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto), Ensemble Artaserse
Christian Gerhaher (baritone), Gerold Huber (piano)
One of these winners will earn Gramophone’s Recording of the Year accolade, which will be announced at the Gramophone Awards on Wednesday 16 October.
Gramophone editor, James Jolly, says: “I am absolutely thrilled with these winning recordings for their range, their depth, their masterly insight and the way they shine a spotlight on some of the finest musicians of our day.”
The Gramophone Awards will be streamed live at www.medici.tv.
Visit www.gramophone.co.uk to find out more.