5:20 p.m., October 18, 2020
Violinist Anne-Sophie mother and singers Jonas Kaufmann are this year’s winners Opus classic. The awards were given on Sunday in Berlin. A nine-member jury made up of representatives from record companies, event organizers and music publishers had previously selected winners in 25 categories. The award is carried by the Association for the Promotion of Classical Music. Mother was called “Instrumentalist of the Year” honored to be merchant for Album “My Vienna” in the “Classical Without Limits” category. Other award winners are the conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, the tenor Daniel Behle and the soprano Diana Damrau for her recording of Richard Strauss’ “Four Last Songs”.
The mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and the soprano Marlis Petersen were honored as the best singer, the pianist Igor Levit is “Bestseller of the Year” for the recording of all Beethoven piano sonatas. Prizes were also planned for the recorder player Dorothee Oberlinger, the composer Detlev Glanert as well as the Vision String Quartet and the Ensemble Resonanz as Orchestra of the Year.
The best up-and-coming artists include the soprano Elsa Dreisig, the French tenor Benjamin Bernheim, the Belgian clarinetist Annelien van Wauwe and the British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason. The prize, which was awarded for the third time, was brought into being by record companies, concert promoters and music publishers from the classical music industry as part of the abolition of the Echo prizes.