05 October 2022
By Ellie Palmer
Uchida prevailed in the Piano Category for her recording of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations
Mitsuko Uchida, Leif Ove Andsnes and Daniel Barenboim were among the winners at last night's Gramophone Classical Music Awards.
The former's recording of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations – her first studio recording since 2016 – claimed the Piano Award, while Andsnes received the Special Achievement Award for his work with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on their two Mozart Momentum volumes for Sony Classical.
Argentine legend Daniel Barenboim was handed the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his exceptional contribution to classical music during his career. In the same evening, Barenboim announced he was taking a step back from the performing stage due to health reasons.
Gramophone Awards 2022 © Ed Telling
The awards ceremony was the first in-person Gramophone Awards since 2019. The evening was jam-packed with performances from some of the classical world's best soloists and ensembles. Award winner Andsnes was joined on stage by Swedish violinist Johan Dalene, who was awarded Young Artists of the Year, for a live performance of a movement from Grieg's Violin Sonata No 2. Elsewhere, there were live performances from the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, the Orchestra for the Age of Enlightenment, pianist Bruce Liu, former winner cellist Christian-Pierre La Marca, and pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, representing Label of the Year, Chandos.
Full list of winners:
Opera & Recording of the Year
Korngold: Die tote Stadt (Sols; Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Kirill Petrenko)
Ysaÿe: Six Solo Violin Sonatas (James Ehnes)
Josquin: ‘Baisiez Moy’ (Thélème / Jean-Christophe Groffe)
Mahler: Symphony No 7 (Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Kirill Petrenko)
Bartók. Beethoven. Berg: Violin Concertos (Frank-Peter Zimmermann; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Kirill Petrenko)
Beethoven: Diabelli Variations (Mitsuko Uchida)
Enargeia (Emily D'Angelo; Das Freie Orchester Berlin / Jarkko Riihimäki)
Abrahamsen: The Snow Queen (Sols; Chorus and Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera / Cornelius Meister)
’Round Midnight (Quatuor Ebène; Antoine Tamestit; Nicolas Altstaedt)
JS Bach: St Matthew Passion (Sols; Pygmalion / Raphaël Pichon)
Rachmaninov: Songs – ‘Dissonance’ (Asmik Grigorian; Lukas Geniušas)
Voice & Ensemble
‘BariTenor’ (Michael Spyres; Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra / Marko Letonja)
Ravel: Orchestral Works (Sinfonia of London / John Wilson)
Label of the Year
Artist of the Year
Young Artist of the Year
Mozart Momentum (Leif Ove Andsnes; Mahler Chamber Orchestra)
Orchestra of the Year
Budapest Festival Orchestra