Seattle Symphony: inaugural winner of Gramophone’s “Orchestra of the Year” award

Posted on: September 17, 2018

“Seattle Symphony was named Orchestra of the Year at the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Awards ceremony in London on Thursday,” reads an unsigned Thursday (9/13) Seattle Times article. “Seattle Symphony was one of eight ensembles—and the only non-European one—nominated for the award, which honors outstanding work on recorded music from June 2017 through May 2018. The orchestra has its own in-house record label, Seattle Symphony Media. This is the first year for this award, whose nominees were chosen by Gramophone [magazine] editors and critics. The winner was decided by a public vote. Seattle Symphony won 47 percent of the votes, James Jolly, Gramophone’s editor-in-chief, said…. In its nomination, Gramophone cited Seattle Symphony’s long tradition of making recordings, noting that this year, ‘this 115-year-old ensemble is back making recordings (usually based on live performances) and is sounding superb.’ Seattle Symphony … starts its new season Saturday—the final one under the directorship of conductor Morlot. It’s also celebrating the 20th anniversary of its home, Benaroya Hall.”

Posted September 17, 2018

In photo: The Seattle Symphony and Music Director Ludovic Morlot. Photo by James Holt