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Posted on June 12, 2020

NHK Symphony Orchestra nominated for Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2020 Orchestra of the Year

Gramophone 2020 Orchestra of the year nomineeThe NHK Symphony Orchestra has been nominated along with major ensembles of Europe and the US for Orchestra of the Year, a Gramophone Classical Music Award, hosted by Gramophone, Britain’s classical music magazine. A total of 10 ensembles have been nominated, and this is the first time for a Japanese orchestra to be listed.


The Gramophone Classical Music Awards are one of the most prestigious awards in the classical music world, and the 10 awards will be decided by critics and members of the record music industry.


Orchestra of the Year is a special award chosen from orchestras which released superb new albums over the past 12 months. Unlike other awards, it is decided on by public vote. Voting for this year’s award will be accepted at Gramophone’s website from June 12th to September 7th, 2020, and the Orchestra of the Year will be announced on October 6th.


“Gramophone” stresses the importance of this award as: “This is not a poll to find the “best orchestra in the world”, but rather to shine the spotlight on an orchestra that consistently offers high-quality music-making that is exciting, moving and which demonstrates what a fine ensemble working at the peak of its powers can achieve.”


The NHK Symphony Orchestra had highly successfully wrapped up its European concert tour under Paavo Järvi from February to March this year visiting nine cities including London, Paris, Vienna and Berlin across seven countries. Recordings from this collaboration have also been highly evaluated there. The build-up of such achievements has led to the nomination of the orchestra.


A sample of the recordings of Paavo Järvi/ NHK Symphony Orchestra is available through the Apple Music playlist below.


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Gramophone Orchestra of the Year voting website
Voting for Gramophone's Orchestra of the Year Award is now closed.