British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has become the youngest artist to achieve double-award win at the Gramophone Awards. The 20-year-old (who was also the youngest soloist to open the BBC Proms and the youngest pianist ever to be signed by Decca) was named "Young Artist of the Year" and scooped the "Best Instrumental" award for his debut disc, Chopin-Liszt-Ravel (Decca).
The Gramophone Awards, known as the Oscars of classical music and now in their 35th year, took place on September 27 at London's Dorchester Hotel, presented in association with Steinway & Sons and EFG International and hosted by American composer and conductor Eric Whitacre and Australian soprano Danielle de Niese.
The award winners, which James Jolley, Gramophone magazine's editor-in-chief described as "a rich feast", were compiled by a specialist committee from a 700-strong longlist. Winners included Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja, voted "artist of the year" (in the awards' only public vote), French independent label Naïve Records named "label of the year" and "Best Solo Vocal" for Simon Keenlyside for his "Songs Of War" disc on Sony Classical. Seventy-nine-year-old Italian conductor Claudio Abbado was given the "lifetime achievement award". The most-coveted award, the "Recording of the Year" went to Schütz's Baroque masterpiece "Musicalische Exequien" (Ricercar/RSK) featuring Vox Luminis and directed by Lionel Meunier.
This year saw the introduction of a new prize, the "Piano Award", which was given to American Sony recording artist Murray Perahia.
For a full list of award winners, click here.