Voting has now closed. Limelight‘s Australian and International Artists of the Year will be announced in the January/February Issue of Limelight Magazine.


For the third year running, the Limelight critics have created a shortlist of 40 outstanding musicians and ensembles – 20 Australian and 20 International artists – for our annual Limelight Artists of the Year Awards.

Some are established artists and some are relative newcomers. Several of the international artists have thrilled Australian audiences in performance while others have released stunning recordings or have achieved accomplishments of note in their field. The nominees include performers, composers, ensembles, conductors and directors, all of whom are in the running to win one of two Limelight Artist of the Year Awards.

Now it’s your chance to be involved. We’d like you, Limelight readers, to vote for the Australian and international artist that you would most like to see honoured. The public vote will then be combined with the votes of our critical panel, and the announcement of the winners will be made in our special bumper holiday issue of Limelight, on sale January 5, 2018.

And please note, for the purposes of these awards, a non-Australian who leads an Australian orchestra or arts organisation has been counted as an Australian artist rather than International.

Australian Artists

Australian Chamber Orchestra
Nicole Car
Tamara-Anna Cislowska
Thomas De Mallet Burgess
Danielle de Niese
Brett Dean
Asher Fisch
Jessica Gethin
Jayson Gillham
Slava Grigoryan
Erin Helyard
Lindy Hume
Elena Kats-Chernin
Barrie Kosky
Piers Lane
Liza Lim
Benjamin Northey
Alondra de la Parra
Jessica Pratt
David Robertson

International Artists

Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Mahan Esfahani
Isabelle Faust
Renée Fleming
Ferruccio Furlanetto
Susan Graham
Angela Hewitt
Alina Ibragimova
Steven Isserlis
Jonas Kaufmann
Les Arts Florissants
Tasmin Little
Emmanuel Pahud
Pop Up Globe
Brenda Rae
Max Richter
Takács Quartet
Daniil Trifonov
Pieter Wispelwey
Krystian Zimerman

Vote Now

Voting closes November 12 at 11:59pm


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Image credits: ACO © Simon van Boxtel. Nicole Car © Georges Antoni. Tamara-Anna Cislowska © Steven Godbee. Danielle de Niese © Chris Dunlop/Decca. Brett Dean © Bettina Stress. Asher Fisch © Chris Gonz. Lindy Hume © Stephanie Do Rozario. Elena Kats-Chernin © Sam Grimmer. Barrie Kosky © Jan Windszus. Piers Lane © Keith Saunders. Liza Lim © Astrid Ackermann. Ben Northey © Ross Calia. Alondra de la Parra © Felix Broede. Jessica Pratt © Luis Condrò. David Robertson © Jay Fram. 

Image credits on social media posts: Krystian Zimerman © Hiromichi Yamamoto/DGG. Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta. Takàcs Quartet © Keith Saunders. Max Richter © Wolfgang Borrs. Brenda Rae © Kristin Hoebermann. Emmanuel Pahud © Fabien Monthubert. Les Arts Florissants © Oscar Ortega. Tasmin Little © Benjamin Ealovega. Jonas Kaufmann © Gregor Hohenberg/Sony Classical. Steven Isserlis © Satoshi Aoyagi. Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel. Angela Hewitt © Bernd Eberle. Ferruccio Furlanetto © Photo courtesy Opera Australia. Susan Graham © Benjamin Ealovega. Academy of St Martins in the Fields © Ian Douglas. Mahn Esfahan © Bernhard Musil/DG.