Gustavo Dudamel, Pavel Haas Quartet, Dame Janet Barker Among 2011 Gramophone Winners
Gustavo Dudamel, Pavel Haas Quartet, Dame Janet Barker Among 2011 Gramophone Winners

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Dame Janet Baker with Sir David Attenborough at the Gramophone Awards. Sir John Eliot Gardiner received the Special Achievement Award & Dame Janet Baker the Lifetime Achievement Award. (Photo: Peter Crane)

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Dame Janet Baker celebrates her Gramophone Award for Lifetime Achievement. (Photo: Peter Crane)

Venezuelan conductor Gustavo "the Dude" Dudamel bagged the coveted Artist Of The Year Award tonight at the Gramophone Awards, saying that 2011 had been a "wonderful year of music-making" with his three musical families, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

The "Oscars of the classical music world" -- which took place at London's Dorchester Hotel -- are the world's most influential classical music awards, presented by Gramophone magazine in association with Steinway & Sons.

Selecting from more than 1,000 new releases from the last year, the magazine's 47 critics deemed the Pavel Haas Quartet's album Dvorák String Quartets Nos. 12 and 13" (Supraphon) Recording Of The Year. Wigmore Hall Live (launched in 2005) became the first live label to win the Label Of The Year Award, beating established studios to the crown.

One to watch, Montenegrin guitarist Miloš KaradagliÃ"‡ scooped Young Artist of the Year and Specialist Classical Chart Award for his debut album "The Guitar" (Deutsche Grammophon) which made him the first classical artist to have a number one debut album since violinist Nicola Benedetti in 2005.

Gustavo Dudamel said: "On accepting this award I do so on behalf of my musical families and young musicians everywhere. Let's all continue to keep extraordinary music alive, sharing the power and beauty of music with everybody."

This year music from six of the winning CDs will be available on iTunes on a free awards playlist until Nov. 20. There are also free Gramophone podcasts and music from previous years' winners. To download the playlist visit www.iTunes.com/gramawards.

The Winners:

Editor's choice
Rossini: Stabat Mater; Netrebko; DiDonato; Brownlee; D'Arcangelo; Santa Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra / Antonio Pappano (EMI Classics)

Baroque instrumental
CPE Bach: Harpsichord Concertos. Andreas Staier; Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Mullejans (Harmonia Mundi)

Baroque vocal
Handel: Apollo e Dafne. La Risonanza (Glossa)

Chamber
Dvorák String Quartets. Pavel Haas Quartet (Supraphon)

Choral
Elgar: The Kingdom. Hallé Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder (Hallé)

Concerto
Debussy, Ravel, Massenet: Concertante piano works. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet; BBCSO/Tortelier (Chandos)

Contemporary
Birtwistle: Night's Black Bird. Hallé Orchestra/Ryan Wigglesworth (NMC)

DVD documentary
Carlos Kleiber: Traces to Nowhere - a film by Eric Schultz (Arthaus)

DVD performance
Verdi: Don Carlo. Villazón; Poplovskaya; Keenlyside/Antonio Pappano (EMI)

Early music
Striggio: Mass in 40 parts. I Fagiolini/Robert Hollingworth (Decca)

Historic
Mahler/Cooke: Symphony No 10. Philharmonia, LSO/Berthold Goldschmidt (Testament)

Instrumental
Brahms: Handel Variations etc. Murray Perahia (Sony Classical)

Opera
Rossini: Ermione. Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra/David Parry (Opera Rara)

Orchestral
Shostakovich: Symphony No 10. RLPO/Vasily Petrenko (Naxos)

Recital
Verismo Arias. Jonas Kaufmann; Santa Cecilia/Antonio Pappano (Decca)

Solo vocal
Britten: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake. Gerald Finley; Julius Drake (Hyperion)