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 Awards, Opus Klassik Awards 2021

OpusKlassik 2019A selection of the artists recently recognised by Germany's premiere classical music awards (formerly the Echo Klassik Awards, but re-branded in 2018) gathered last weekend for a gala concert at the Konzerthaus Berlin: you can watch the event (which includes performances from Sonya Yoncheva, Daniil Trifonov, Fatma Said and Lang Lang) here. Read on for full details of the winners in each category, including Piotr Beczała, Reri Grist, Olga Neuwirth, and Marc Albrecht.

Female Singer of the Year - Sonya Yoncheva

Sonya Yoncheva (soprano), Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo García Alarcón

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Male Singer of the Year - Piotr Beczała

Piotr Beczała (tenor), Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Marco Boemi

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Instrumentalists of the Year - Daniil Trifonov, Augustin Hadelich and Martin Fröst

Scriabin - Stravinsky - Prokofiev

Daniil Trifonov (piano), Mariinsky Orchestra, Valéry Gergiev

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Augustin Hadelich (violin), Charles Owen (piano), Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jakub Hruša

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Martin Fröst (clarinet), Concerto Köln

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Conductor of the Year - Marc Albrecht

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Composer of the Year - Olga Neuwirth

Lifetime Achievement Award - Reri Grist

Newcomers of the Year - Fatma Said, Pablo Ferrández, Robert Neumann, Lucienne Renaudin Vary

Fatma Said (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano), Burcu Karadag (ney), Rafael Aguirre (guitar), vision string quartet

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Pablo Ferrández (cello), Denis Kozhukhin (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Robert Neumann (piano), SWR Symphonieorchester, Kerem Hasan

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC

Lucienne Renaudin Vary (trumpet), Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Sascha Goetzel

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Orchestra/Ensemble of the Year - Ensemble Modern

Solo Vocal Recital (Opera)

Regula Mühlemann (soprano), Basel Chamber Orchestra, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli

Available Format: CD

Solo Vocal Recital (Lied)

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano), Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Solo Instrumental Recital (Organ)

Organ Works By Berlin Composers

Andreas Sieling (Sauer organ Berliner Dom)

Available Format: SACD

Solo Instrumental Recital (Violoncello da spalla)

Sergey Malov (cello da spalla)

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Solo Instrumental Recital (Viola)

Bach & Kurtág

Tabea Zimmermann (viola)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC

Solo Instrumental Recital (Piano)

Lars Vogt (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Concerto (Cello)

Dai Miyata (cello), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard

Available Format: CD

Concerto (Trumpet)

Selina Ott (trumpet), ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Roberto Paternostro

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Concerto (Violin)

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Concerto (Piano)

Yuja Wang (piano), Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Gustavo Dudamel

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Chamber Music

Jörg Widmann (clarinet), András Schiff (piano)

Available Format: CD

Duo Tal & Groethuysen

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

arr. M. Castelletti for chamber ensemble

ensemble mini, Joolz Gale

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Dejan Lazic (piano), Benjamin Schmid (violin), Zen Hu (violin), Johannes Erkes (viola), Enrico Bronzi (cello)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

The Complete String Quartets

Quatuor Ebène

Available Formats: 7 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Isang Enders (cello), Mischa Meyer (cello), Sunwook Kim (piano), Sean Shibe (guitar), Joachim Enders (harmonium)

Available Formats: MP3, FLAC

The 'Klassik ohne Grenzen' Prizes (Classical Without Borders)

Music by Grieg, Halvorsen, Bull & Svendsen

Ragnhild Hemsing (violin/hardanger fiddle)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Joseph Calleja (tenor), Mantovani & His Orchestra

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Orchestral (19th-century music)

NDR Radiophilharmonie, Leo McFall

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC

Orchestral (20th/21st-century music)

Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrea Battistoni

Available Format: CD

Choral

Ensemble Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon

Available Format: CD

Opera (up to and including 18th-century)

Katharina Thalbach, Cappella Aquileia, Marcus Bosch

Available Format: CD

Opera (19th-century)

Jonas Kaufmann (Otello), Federica Lombardi (Desdemona), Carlos Álvarez (Iago)

Orchestra e Coro dell'Academia Nationale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Opera (20th/21st-century)

Stefan Kurt (General Wladimir Katschalow), Alma Sade (Tatjana), Vera-Lotte Boecker (Lydia Pawlowska), Dominik Koninger (Roderich Zirbitz), Tansel Akzeybek (Ito), Tino Lindenburg (Colonel Baltischew), Luca Schaub (Grand Duke Michailowitsch)

Komische Opera Berlin, Jordan de Souza, Barrie Kosky

Available Format: 2 DVD Videos

Stefan Kurt (General Wladimir Katschalow), Alma Sade (Tatjana), Vera-Lotte Boecker (Lydia Pawlowska), Dominik Koninger (Roderich Zirbitz), Tansel Akzeybek (Ito), Tino Lindenburg (Colonel Baltischew), Luca Schaub (Grand Duke Michailowitsch)

Komische Opera Berlin, Jordan de Souza, Barrie Kosky

Available Format: Blu-ray

World Premiere Recording

Helena Rasker (alto), Bruno De Sá (countertenor), João Fernandes (bass), Maria Ladurner, Roberta Mameli, Liliya Gaysina, Roberta Invernizzi (sopranos)

Ensemble 1700, Dorothee Oberlinger

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

Innovative Audio Production

Helen Dabringhaus, Trio Parnassus

Available Format: SACD

Best-seller of the Year

Lang Lang (piano)

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC