Media Release: The Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 to be streamed live by


GRAMOPHONE and the BPI, the UK record labels association, are delighted to announce that the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016, presented in association with EFG International and the BPI, will be streamed live by and will also be available to watch on and at

The ceremony, which takes place at St John’s Smith Square, London, on September 15 (7pm BST, 8pm CET, 11am PST and 2pm EST) will feature live performances by the pianist Igor Levit, violinist Vilde Frang, soprano Véronique Gens partnered by Susan Manoff – and a performance by Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year (to be revealed on the night).

Other winning artists receiving their awards during the ceremony include conductors
Sir Antonio Pappano, Markus Stenz, Andrew Parrott and Paul Agnew, the Heath Quartet and the great German mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig who is being given Gramophone’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award will be presented to her by the tenor Joseph Calleja.

Other presenters at the awards – which will be hosted by Gramophone’s editor-in-chief and broadcaster, James Jolly – include musicians Sonya Yoncheva, Ksenija Sidorova Arizaga, Miloš Karadaglić, Anoushka Shankar, Classic FM’s Catherine Bott and actor and author Simon Callow.

The Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 will be viewable live on the three platforms and then available to catch-up for 90 days at and at and for 30 days at

The stream has been made available thanks to contributions by the BPI, Gramophone, Alpha Classics, Avie Records, Channel Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, Discovery Records, Hyperion, Les Arts Florissants, Sony Classical, Warner Classics, Wigmore Hall Live and Winter & Winter.

James Jolly, Gramophone’s editor-in-chief, comments: “This is a great step in the history of the Gramophone Awards.

“Not since ITV’s broadcast in 1997 will the awards have the potential to reach such a large audience thanks to this new collaboration with, supported by the BPI, and I guarantee an evening that celebrates the very best in classical music.”

Geoff Taylor, chief executive, BPI and BRIT Awards, comments: “The BPI is delighted to be a partner of the prestigious Gramophone Awards, which celebrate the highest achievements in classical music, and we trust that the broadcast will help broaden the appeal of this precious art-form still further.’ “

Hervé Boissière, founder and CEO, comments: “We are really excited to present live on for the first time; this special event celebrating the very best that the record industry has released over the past year.

“We always consider as a window to promote great musicians and a truly international tool in an artist’s development, especially for new talent.

“It’s a pleasure to join Gramophone and the record labels to move that challenge forward. Thanks to all of them and to the BPI for making it happen.”

About Gramophone Classical Music Awards:

The annual Gramophone Classical Music Awards, the world’s most influential classical music prizes, given this year in association with EFG International and the BPI, were launched in 1977 by Gramophone magazine (founded in 1923 by Sir Compton Mackenzie). Available internationally, Gramophone publishes a bespoke edition of the magazine for North America. To celebrate its 90th anniversary, Gramophone’s full archive was made available digitally for iPad and other tablet devices, smartphone or computer. Gramophone’s podcasts are available from iTunes. Unique Gramophone playlists are available on Qobuz and Apple Music.

The Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 are presented in association with EFG International and the BPI, and supported by Qobuz, Help Musicians UK, Presto Classical, Fazioli and Mrs Joan Jones.


Heralded by the New York Times as ‘the closest thing to a classical Netflix’, brings live classical music to passionate fans worldwide. Since its founding in 2008, it has captured the leading classical artists, ensembles and orchestras’ concerts from the world’s great concert halls, music festivals and competitions.

As the acknowledged largest online platform for classical music, it offers over 150 live performances throughout the year and a vast catalogue of 3,000 works of classical music, opera and ballet, all streamed in high quality. is available on all devices – desktop, smartphone, tablet and smart TV.
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About EFG International:

EFG International is a global private banking group offering private banking and asset management services, headquartered in Zurich. It operates in 30 locations worldwide, with circa 2,000 employees.

EFG is a keen supporter of music, from classical to jazz, and particularly enjoys supporting the development of young talent. In addition to The Gramophone Awards, it lends its support to Benjamin Grosvenor, winner of the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award 2012; and Southbank Sinfonia, which provides a springboard into the music profession for talented young players.

In relation to jazz, EFG has long been a supporter of the EFG London Jazz Festival, recognised as the UK’s largest annual celebration of jazz. It also sponsors various concerts in partnership with leading Singapore-based jazz pianist, Jeremy Monteiro.

EFG is proud to support excellence and talent across the arts and sport.

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About the BPI:

The BPI promotes British music across all genres and champions the rights and interests of over 370 independent music labels and the UK’s three major record companies.  In 2015, its members collectively accounted for over 80 per cent of the recorded music consumed in the UK – the world’s third largest music market – and their artists claimed around one in every six albums sold around the world.

The BPI administers the iconic Platinum, Gold and Silver Awards Programme and co-owns the Official Charts with the retailers’ association ERA. The BPI owns and organises the annual BRIT Awards, and is now also home to the Mercury Prize.

Substantial proceeds from the BRIT Awards events go to the BRIT Trust, the BPI’s charitable arm that has donated over £16m to charitable causes, including The BRIT School, Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and War Child, since its foundation in 1989.


Gennaro Castaldo, director, Communications, BPI

020 7803 1326

Victoria Bevan, head of UK Press, Albion Media

020 3077 4930

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