For the fourth year running, 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 announcement of the winners will be made in our special bumper holiday issue of Limelight, on sale January 3, 2019.

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.

Plus, vote for your three favourite artists in each category and you could win a copy of Deutsche Grammophon’s Shaping the Century Volumes 1 & 2, valued at over $480.

Voting closes October 31, 2018 at 11:59pm AEST.


Asher Fisch, conductor
Benjamin Northey, conductor
Carl Vine, composer
Elena Kats-Chernin, composer
Emma Pearson, soprano
Erin Helyard, harpsichordist
Jessica Pratt, soprano
Joseph Nolan, organist
Kathryn Selby, pianist
Lorina Gore, soprano
Nakkiah Lui, playwright
Nicholas Carter, conductor
Nicole Car, soprano
Piers Lane, pianist
Pinchgut Opera
Ray Chen, violinist
Ross Edwards, composer
Simone Young, conductor
Stuart Skelton, heldentenor
West Australian Symphony



Alexander Melnikov, pianist
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violinist
Avi Avital, mandolinist
Daniel Hope, violinist
Donald Runnicles, conductor
Ferruccio Furlanetto, bass
Gun-Brit Barkmin, soprano
Irina Lungu, soprano
Isabelle Faust, violinist
Jennifer Higdon, composer
John Adams, composer
Jordi Savall, violist
Martin Winkler, bass-baritone
Patti LuPone, actor
Sir John Tomlinson, bass
Steven Isserlis, cellist
Steven Osborne, pianist
Thomas Hampson, baritone