Minnesota Orchestra named Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year; Boston Modern Opera Project gets Special Achievement Award

Posted on: October 8, 2021

The U.K.-based classical music magazine Gramophone has named two American orchestras among the winners of its 2021 international Gramophone Classical Music Awards. The Minnesota Orchestra was named 2021 Orchestra of the Year, a category decided by popular vote. Nominees for the Orchestra of the Year Award are chosen by Gramophone’s editors and reviewers looking at each ensemble’s artistic merit and body of work over the past year. Boston Modern Orchestra Project won the award for Special Achievement in recognition of its service to American music of the modern era. Awards were announced in a ceremony on October 5 livestreamed from London and co-hosted by Gramophone Editor-in-Chief James Jolly and pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason. Awards were also given for recording of the year (Bergen Philharmonic’s Peter Grimes), artist of the year (violinist James Ehnes), lifetime achievement (soprano Gundula Janowitz), and young artist (soprano Fatma Said). Awards were also given to recordings in specific categories: chamber, choral, concerto, contemporary, early music, instrumental, opera, orchestral, piano, voice and ensemble, and song. The awards ceremony can viewed until the end of the year at Gramophone’s website.