Violinists Nigel Kennedy and David Garrett, together with soprano Cecilia Bartoli and tenor Jose Carreras, are among the winners of the 2008 edition of the ECHO Klassik awards.

The classical music gala will be held at the Philharmonie im Gasteig in Munich on Oct. 19, where trophies were 49 awards will be presented in 23 categories. The ZDF television station will broadcast the event under the title "ECHO der Stars" from 10pm on the same evening.

The winners are chosen by a jury consisting of members of industry body the German Recording Academy (Phono-Akademie), along with representatives from the world of politics, culture and media.

In the singer of the year category, Cecilia Bartoli receives the award for the album "Maria" (Universal/Decca) and Philippe Jaroussky wins for his recording of "Carestini - Story of a Castrato" (EMI-Virgin-Classics).

Annette Dasch wins for the CD "Armida" (Sony BMG/Sony Classical) in the arias and duets section of the opera recording of the year category. Kennedy receives an award as instrumentalist of the year for the CD "Polish Spirit" (EMI Classic).

In the category "Klassik ohne Grenzen" ("Classic without Borders"), David Garrett numbers among the winners with the album "Virtuoso" (Warner Music/DEAG Music).

Soprano Danielle de Niese ("Arias") (Universal/Decca) and pianist Nikolai Tokarew ("No. 1") (Sony BMG /Sony Classical) both receive an ECHO Klassik in the category "Nachwuchs-Künstler des Jahres" ("New Artist of the Year").

The bestseller of the year is the album "Duets" (Universal /Deutsche Grammophon) by Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón.

The prize for lifetime achievement goes to Spanish tenor José Carreras (Decca).

"The German Recording Academy would like to honor both this outstanding artist's creative work and his many years of humanitarian commitment," states Dieter Gorny, chairman of the Academy.

Eligible recordings must have had release between Jan. 1, 2007 and March 31, 2008 and received at least two outstanding reviews in the media.