Trumpeter Alison Balsom named first female artist of the year at Gramophone Classical Music Awards

 

Robert de
Wednesday 18 September 2013 09:04
Comments
Alison Balsom has been named artist of the year at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards
Alison Balsom has been named artist of the year at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards

Classical trumpeter Alison Balsom has been named artist of the year at this year's Gramophone Classical Music Awards - becoming the first British woman to win the prize.

The win, voted for by thousands of classical music fans around the world, continues a successful 2013 for the musician who made her debut at Shakespeare's Globe this year and also performed at the Proms and the Latitude festival.

She said: "I'm so thrilled. I could not think of a better way to end the best summer of my life than to receive this hugely prestigious honour. I am enjoying making music more than ever at the moment and to be praised for it by the Gramophone Classical Music Awards and by everyone who kindly voted for me is simply more than I could ask for."

Other winners at the event, held at LSO St Luke's in central London, were voted for by a panel of contributors chosen by the music magazine and included veteran guitarist Julian Bream, who was given a lifetime achievement award.

Decca was named label of the year and recording of the year went to an album remembering the astronauts of the Columbia space shuttle disaster.

The recording, by Moldovan virtuoso violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, is called Seven and was chosen from more than 800 new releases.

Among the guests at the ceremony were conductor Sir Mark Elder and Classic FM presenter John Suchet.

PA

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in