Jonas and Joyce are named singers of the year

Jonas and Joyce are named singers of the year


norman lebrecht

August 24, 2015

Echo Klassik, the biggest German music industry event, has just announced its annual awards:
Male singer of the year: Jonas Kaufmann

Female singer of the year: Joyce DiDonato

Solo recording of the year (voice): Elina Garanca

Instrumentalists of the year: Lang Lang (piano), Tianwa Yang (violin) Andreas Ottensamer (clarinet), Maurice Steger (flute)

Conductor of the year: David Zinman

The televised gala awards night will be on October 18.


Awards for rising artists: Bryan Hymel, Sonya Yoncheva, Florian Noack, Sophie Pacini, Nemanja Radulović.

Classics without borders awards: Aurora Orchestra, David Orlowsky Trio, Kronos Quartet


  • Milka says:

    And so the downward spiral continues

  • Michael Smith says:

    I went to a Maurice Steger concert once. I won’t make that mistake again.

    • Marco Estefan says:

      Oh, yes, this concert with the Brandenburg Baroque Orchestra and Maurice Steger as leader was fantastic.
      I like the most these many colors he can produce with his recorders. In Fiorenza he played dark like a Mezzo-Soprano and in Vivaldi so bright and virtuoso.
      Absolutely unique.

  • Erich says:

    The usual suspects…televisual and talented…yes…but it’s such a transparent industry ‘fix’ devoid of fantasy.

    • Theodore McGuiver says:

      Too true. Virtuosic marketing coupled with political correctness made a few of these gongs pretty obvious.

  • marguerite foxon says:

    Joyce and Jonas. Of course. No brainer.

  • David Boxwell says:

    Hymel now seems to Falling, alas. (Sob!)

  • Martin says:

    This award is one of the reasons why I started to listen intensively to classical music.

    But since then I have stopped paying any attention to it as there are just way too many awards out there.

    Lang Lang got me into classical music years before and I also bought a Zinman cicle of Beethoven symphonies ages ago. But I stopped listening to the records.

    Then one year this award show shortly after going to a concert made me realize to what music I shall listen to. Nope, none of then won that year.

    Btw, since then I lost almost any fascination for Lang Lang, but not for Zinman.

    If Lang Lang brings people to classical music, then please plaster him with awards.