Several winners of the 2016 Gramophone Awards, announced on Sept. 15 in London, will be appearing at Symphony Center this season. Bestowed by Britain’s Gramophone magazine, the awards are considered among the highest honors in classical music.
First up at Symphony Center will be conductor James Gaffigan, whose Warner Classics recording with violinist Vilde Frang and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in the Britten and Korngold Violin Concertos received best concerto disc honors. He will lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of Carl Vine’s Five Hallucinations for Trombone and Orchestra in programs Oct. 6-8. Next will be pianist Daniil Trifonov, winner of Gramophone’s Artist of the Year honors; he will appear with the CSO, under Riccardo Muti, in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Symphony Ball on Oct. 15.
The spring will bring Igor Levit, recipient of Recording of the Year honors, in an SCP Piano Series recital on March 12. He won Gramophone’s top prize for his Sony Classical three-disc set featuring Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated.
The awards, which were streamed live by medici.tv, will be available online at gramophone.co.uk/awards to watch free of charge for the next 60 days.