Announced this morning, the awards recognise “creativity, imagination in choice of repertoire and artistic excellence” and are voted for by a jury comprising critics from a range of leading European music magazines and radio stations.
The Award Ceremony and Gala Concert will take place on 1 April, at the Kursaal in San Sebastian, hosted by the Orquesta de Euskadi (Basque National Orchestra) and San Sebastian European Capital of Culture 2016.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Dame Felicity Lott
Joyce DiDonato – ‘Joyce & Tony at Wigmore Hall’ (Erato)
Andrei Bondarenko, Alexander Vinogradov & Dmytro Popov – Tchaikovsky: ‘Iolanta’, with the Orchestra of Cologne and Dmitrij Kitajenko (Oehms Classics)
Sir András Schiff – Schubert: Sonatas, Impromptus & Moments Musicaux (ECM)
Yevgeny Sudbin – Medtner Piano Concerto no.3 and Scriabin Piano Concerto, with the Bergen Philhamonic Orchestra and Andrew Litton (BIS)
Sir Simon Rattle – Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1-7 with the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings)