Gramophone reveals the ten ensembles competing for the Orchestra of the Year Award at the 2019 Gramophone Awards

The 2019 Orchestra of the Year will be chosen by public vote

Winner announced in star-studded London ceremony on October 16 which will be streamed live on

Gramophone today [Tuesday June 11, 2019] announces the ten ensembles shortlisted for the Orchestra of the Year Award at the 2019 Gramophone Awards. This Award, presented with Apple Music, celebrates ensembles that have made significant recorded contributions in the past year and, once again, reflects the excellence of music-making across the globe.

The Award will be decided by public vote, and the winner will be revealed at a glamorous ceremony at London’s De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms on Wednesday October 16.

Each of the ten ensembles is featured in a specially created Apple Music playlist, with an 11th playlist featuring all the orchestras that will be refreshed with new tracks every few weeks.

This year, the net is thrown wide once again and ten ensembles from three continents vie for the Award. The nominated ensembles (click each for its playlist) are:

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Staatskapelle Berlin
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia - Rome
San Francisco Symphony
Les Siècles

The voting period runs until midnight on September 7, and readers will be able to vote for their chosen ensemble via the Gramophone website (

Launched last year, Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year Award attracted more than 24,000 votes from all around the world, with the Seattle Symphony securing the accolade. This year, a greater number of public votes are expected, with campaigns running on Gramophone’s website and social media platforms in addition to featured playlists on Apple Music. As well as a dynamic playlist featuring all ten ensembles (updated regularly), each orchestra will have its own playlist featuring recent recordings as well as classics from each ensemble’s catalogue.

James Jolly, Editor in Chief of Gramophone, stated: ‘The first-ever Orchestra of the Year Award last year captured the imaginations of more than 20,000 music lovers from all over the world, and propelled the Seattle Symphony to victory. This year Gramophone has shortlisted ten ensembles who have made a huge impact over the last year, invariably thanks to a special dynamism between conductor and players. Guided by some superb recordings, we’ve highlighted ten magnificent ensembles. Just head to Apple Music to listen to the playlists and cast your vote.’


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