Welcome to the section of our website devoted to the Gramophone Awards, the annual celebration of the best in recorded classical music – which this year are being presented in association with Steinway & Sons. Over the coming weeks we'll be unveiling the shortlists in each of the categories – orchestral, vocal, chamber and so on (you can find out more about how the voting process works in a recent blog by James Jolly), and we'll also be publishing a series of podcasts exploring the selected recordings. The winners, including the prestigious Recording of the Year, will be unveiled on October 6 at London's Dorchester Hotel – you'll be able to follow all the announcements here at the Gramophone website and on Gramophone's Facebook and Twitter pages.
Vote for Gramophone's Artist of the Year 2011
In the meantime we invite you, our readers, to choose one of the highest-profile awards – Artist of the Year. Previous winners have included violinist Julia Fischer, The Sixteen and, last year's winner, mezzo Joyce DiDonato – each one rewarded for recording excellence and for a tireless commitment to enthusing audiences about classical music.
You can find out who is on this year's shortlist here – Artist of the Year 2011. And when you've decided who you would like to see honoured for a year of musical excellence, go to the voting page and let us know your choice. (Please note, you need to be registered and logged in to vote.)
You can also read all about the winners of last year's Awards: 2010 Gramophone Awards