The Classic FM Gramophone Awards 2008

Record of the Year

Artist of the Year - Hilary Hahn

Hilary Hahn

"Everything she does, both musically and technically, is so exquisitely subtle that one can only sit in wonder at the sheer comprehensiveness of it all." International Record Review, London, May 2007

Hilary Hahn was born in Lexington, Virginia, USA, and moved to Baltimore in 1983, where she had her first violin lessons. In 1985, she began five years of study with Klara Berkovich who had taught at the Leningrad School for the Musically Gifted for 25 years before emigrating to Baltimore. In 1990, she entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to study with 83-year-old Jascha ...

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Young Artist of the Year - Maxim Rysanov

Maxim Rysanov

Maxim Rysanov is undoubtedly one of the world’s best and most charismatic viola players.

He is regularly invited to perform as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK and abroad and has been a guest at many prestigious festivals and venues worldwide. He works regularly with artists such as Augustin Dumay, Martin Frost, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Lev Markiz, Viktoria Mullova, Julian Rachlin, Maxim Vengerov, the ASCH trio and others. He has performed concertos with orchestras worldwide such as English Chamber Orchestra, European Union Youth Orchestra, ...

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Special Achievement - Sir Peter Moores

Sir Peter Moores

Sir Peter Moores' philanthropic work began with his passion for opera: in his twenties he gave financial help to a number of young artists in the crucial, early stages of their careers, several of whom - Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir Colin Davis and the late Sir Geraint Evans amongst them - became world-famous.

Today, the Peter Moores Foundation supports talented young singers with annual scholarships, has made it possible for Chandos Records to issue the world's largest catalogue of operas recorded in English translation and enabled Opera Rara to record rare bel canto repertoire which would otherwise remain inaccessible to the general public.

In live performance, the Peter Moores Foundation has encouraged the creation of new work, schemes to attract new audiences, financed the publication of scores, especially for world premires of modern operas, and enabled rarely heard works to be staged by British opera companies and festivals.

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Record of the Year Category Winners

Bach

Brandenburg Concertos

European Brandenburg Ensemble, Trevor Pinnock

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Haydn

The Creation

Gabrieli Players & Chetham's Chamber Choir, Paul McCreesh

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Elgar

Violin Concerto

James Ehnes (violin), Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

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Jonathan Harvey

Timepieces

Anu Komsi (soprano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov & Stefan Solyom

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Mozart

Le nozze di Figaro

Erwin Schrott, Miah Persson, Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano

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Vaughan Williams

Symphony No. 5

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vaughan Williams

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Maria

Cecilia Bartoli & Maxim Vengerov (violin)

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Barber

Songs

Gerald Finley (baritone) & Julius Drake (piano), The Aronowitz Ensemble

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Editor's Choice

Mr Abel’s Fine Airs

Susanne Heinrich (viola da gamba)

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Gold Disc - voted best from the Awards' first 30 years

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos

Stephen Hough; CBSO / Sakari Oramo

"A spiffing set and pleasurable discoveries and rediscoveries"

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