The violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and the singer Jonas Kaufmann are winners of this year’s Opus Klassik. The awards were presented today in Berlin. A nine-member jury made up of representatives from record companies, event organizers and music publishers had previously selected winners in 25 categories. The award is carried by the Association for the Promotion of Classical Music.
Prize for album “Vienna”
Mother was honored as “Instrumentalist of the Year”, Kaufmann for his album “Vienna” in the “Classical music without borders” category. Further award winners are the conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, the tenor Daniel Behle and the soprano Diana Damrau for her recording of Richard Strauss’ “Four Last Songs”.
The mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and the soprano Marlis Petersen were honored as the best singers, the pianist Igor Levit is “Best Seller of the Year” for the recording of all Beethoven piano sonatas. Prizes were also planned for the recorder player Dorothee Oberlinger, the composer Detlev Glanert as well as the Vision String Quartet and the Ensemble Resonanz as Orchestra of the Year.
The best up-and-coming artists include the soprano Elsa Dreisig, the French tenor Benjamin Bernheim, the Belgian clarinetist Annelien van Wauwe and the British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason. The prize, which was awarded for the third time, was brought into being in the course of the abolition of the Echo prizes by record companies, concert promoters and music publishers from the classical music industry.
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