Askonas Holt artists shortlisted for Gramophone Artist of the Year 2016

We are thrilled to announce that Vilde Frang, Alina Ibragimova and Yevgeny Sudbin have been shortlisted for the prestigious Gramophone Artist of the Year Award!

The shortlist of 10 artists has been drawn up by the magazine’s editors, and the winner will be chosen by a public vote.

Voting runs from today until the end of July and the winner will be revealed at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards on 15 September.

Citations from Gramophone:

Vilde Frang
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.
‘These are urgently communicative, potentially transformative accounts of scores which, if no longer confined to the fringes of the repertoire, have yet to command universal admiration.’ (February 2016)
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Alina Ibragimova
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.
‘Ibragimova has made many fine recordings in recent years, but this solo Ysaÿe disc must count as one of her most memorable achievements.’ (August 2015)
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Yevgeny Sudbin
A fine Scarlatti programme and a recital that links Rachmaninov and Medtner (both for BIS) demonstrate this young player’s range. Both discs won considerable critical acclaim.
‘He shares with Horowitz an ability to conjure up landscapes and narratives within these [Scarlatti] sonatas, so vividly and intensely are they etched.’ (April 2016)

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The seven other artists who made the shortlist are Antonio Pappano, Andris Nelsons, Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Daniil Trifonov, Igor Levit and Janine Jansen. Find out more on the Gramophone website.

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