Voting is now open for the 2016 Gramophone Artist of the Year Award. The list features 10 nominations drawn up by the magazine’s editors, and is the only category at the Gramophone Awards that is voted for by the general public. Below are the nominated artists, offering a selection of conductors, singers, pianist and violinists. Voting is open to the public from Tuesday, 14th June, 2016, simply head over to www.gramphone.co.uk to choose your favourite. The winner will be revealed at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards on Thursday, 15th September 2016. Voting closes Sunday, 31st July, 2016.
His year has included a much-admired set of Verdi’s Aida, a Puccini arias recital with Jonas Kaufmann, violin concertos by Brahms and Bartók, with Janine Jansen and, as pianist, ‘Joyce and Tony’, a live recital recorded at London’s Wigmore Hall.Shop Sir Antonio Pappano
As well as a Puccini recital for Sony Classical, Kaufmann appears as Radames on the Warner Classics’ Aida (conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano) and on the DVD of Cav & Pag, conducted by Christian Thielemann.Shop Jonas Kaufmann
A star in the making, Trifonov gave us a disc of Rachmaninov variations, combining solo and concertante pieces, including a piece by himself, demonstrating yet another facet in this musician’s art.Shop Daniil Trifonov
Levit’s most ambitious recording to date is a programme that links Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated. His recordings always draw acclaim and this was no exception.Shop Igor Levit
A formidable coupling of the Brahms and the Bartók First violin concertos, with Pappano on the podium, made a huge impact on its release by Decca, proving once again that this superb Dutch violinist always has something fresh to say.Shop Janine Jansen
The young Norwegian violinist added yet another winner to her Warner Classics catalogue with the unusual but highly successful coupling of violin concertos by Britten and Korngold. Here’s a player at the peak of her form.Shop Vilde Frang
Such a hit at last year’s BBC Proms, Ibragimova gave us an astoundingly assured and intense set of the solo violin sonatas by Eugène Ysaÿe, a Hyperion recording that drew critical acclaim from all sides. And her disc of Mozart sonatas with Cédric Tiberghien proved what a superb player of the Classical repertoire she is.Shop Alina Ibragimova