Europe’s prestigious ICMA crowns Rene Jacobs’ The Magic Flute Recording of the Year.

The 2011 International Classical Music Awards have been announced, celebrating the industry’s best and brightest across 20 categories with winners selected from more than five hundred CD and DVD nominees.

Among the accolades are the Lifetime Achievement Award for Beaux Arts Trio founder Menahem Pressler, Esa-Pekka Salonen as Artist of the Year, and Label of the Year for Chandos Records. A Special Achievement Award goes to Swedish label BIS for its complete Sibelius Edition, a monumental recording project. The Berlin Philharmonic’s innovative Digital Concert Hall, which broadcasts the orchestra’s concerts online, wins the Classical Website Award.

The panel consists of professional music critics from highly regarded European music magazines, online services and radio stations including Crescendo (Belgium), Fono Forum (Germany), Musica (Italy), Musik & Theater (Switzerland), Pizzicato (Luxembourg), Scherzo (Spain) and Viva Classica (Finland). “Our winners are the expression of the highest artistry and demonstrate that this jury is a stubborn holdout for nonaligned value judgments in a world of low-common-denominator commercialism,” said Remy Franck, president of the jury.

The annual award ceremony will take place this year in Tampere, Finland on April 6.


Winners: CD & DVD Categories

Recording of the Year / Opera
Mozart The Magic Flute – Akademue für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs
Harmonia Mundi HMC 90206870

Via Crucis

Via CrucisNuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky, L’Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar
Virgin Classics 5099969457708


Chamber Music
Beethoven Violin Sonatas Nos 3, 9 “Kreutzer” – Viktoria Mullova, Kristian Bezuidenhout
Onyx 4050

Stravinsky Oedipus Rex – Depardieu, Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus, Gergiev
Mariinsky MAR0510

Schumann Complete Works for Violin and OrchestraLena Neudauer, German Radio PO, Pablo Gonzalez
Hänssler Classic CD 93 258

Cerha SpiegelSWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling
Kairos KAI0013002

Early Music
Dinastia Borgia – Montserrat Figueras, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall 
Alia Vox AVSA9875A+C

First Recording
Vivaldi Armida al campo d’Egitto – Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini
Naïve OP30492

Sibelius Complete Symphonies – Moscow Radio SO, Rozhdestvensky
Melodiya MELCD 1001669

Solo Instrumental
Debussy Complete Piano Works Vol 5 – Jean Efflam Bavouzet
Chandos CHAN 10545


Shostakovich Symphony No 8 – Royal Liverpool PO, Vasily Petrenko
Naxos 8.572392

Vocal Recital
Mahler Lieder – Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber
RCA 886975677320



DVD Performance
Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen – Zubin Mehta, La Fura dels Baus
C Major 703 808


DVD Documentary
Tchaikovsky Two films (Tchaikovsky’s Women, Fate) – Christopher Nupen
Allegro Films A 10CN D



Special Achievement Awards:

Lifetime Achivement Award: Menahem Pressler
Artist of the Year: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Young Artist of the Year: David Kadouch
Special Achievement Award: The Sibelius Edition – BIS
Label of the Year: Chandos
Classical Website Award: Digital Concert Hall / Berlin Philharmonic