Seattle Symphony Nominated for Orchestra of the Year Award by Gramophone
2nd July, 2018
The Seattle Symphony is one of eight international ensembles nominated for the Orchestra of the Year Award, a new award that recognizes the artistic excellence of an ensemble. Compiled by Gramophone’s editors and critics, finalists were chosen from recordings made from June 2017 through May 2018. The winner will be voted on by the general public.
The Gramophone Classical Music Awards celebrate the most outstanding recordings of the past year, and this new award gives listeners the opportunity to vote for an orchestra they believe has made an exceptional contribution to recorded music this year.
“Since the launch of our record label in 2014, we have been able to share the excitement of Seattle Symphony performances through recordings that capture the incredible artistry and innovative spirit of the orchestra,” shared Elena Dubinets, Vice President of Artistic Planning & Creative Projects at the Seattle Symphony, and Co-Executive Producer for Seattle Symphony Media.
She added, “We are honored to be nominated for this prestigious new award from Gramophone. Congratulations to Music Director Ludovic Morlot, Principal Guest Conductor and Music Director Designate Thomas Dausgaard, the exceptional musicians of the Seattle Symphony and recording engineer Dmitriy Lipay for recognition of your artistic achievements!”
The eight ensembles nominated are:
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Il Pomo d’Oro
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
The ensembles will be supported by two or three recordings each, and voters can listen to specially curated playlists on Spotify, Apple Music and Qobuz featuring these recordings, giving voters the opportunity to hear these incredible ensembles alongside one another.
Gramophone’s Editor in Chief, James Jolly, commented, “In an age when streaming services offer such a wealth of recorded music, people can listen to the world’s great ensembles at work at the touch of a screen. Our list turns the focus on eight ensembles who have enriched the record catalogue this past year, and we hope this new award will help celebrate their extraordinary work.”