Watch the 2021 Gramophone Awards

Filmed in the Voces8 Centre in the City of London, Editor-in-Chief James Jolly is joined by the pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason to reveal the 2021 Artist of the Year, Young Artist, Label of the Year, Orchestra of the Year and the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Recording of the Year.

Recording Category Winners





Early Music


Opera & Recording of the Year




Voice & Ensemble

Special Awards

Label of the Year

Lifetime Achievement

Young Artist of the Year

Spatial Audio

Concept Album

Artist of the Year

Special Achievement

Orchestra of the Year

The Winners Playlist

Listen to our Gramophone Awards 2021 – The Winners playlist, exclusively on Apple Music. If you are not yet a subscriber to Apple Music, it is free for the first three months, boasts a catalogue of more than 75 million songs and offers lossless streaming, as well as albums in Spatial Audio. We've produced a guide to introduce the immersive listening experience of Spatial Audio here: Apple Music's spatial audio with Dolby Atmos – what is it and how do you get it?

Don't miss the Gramophone Awards 2021 issue

In the Awards issue of Gramophone, on sale now, we bring you a full report of the biggest classical event of the year – the Gramophone Awards 2021.

We report on the 11 category winners, and invite a critic to assess each one – which qualities make these recordings such worthy winners? We also profile the recipients of our highly anticipated special awards, including Orchestra of the Year – the only category voted for by the public – and the much-coveted Recording of the Year.

Elsewhere, David Vickers surveys the available recordings of Purcell’s opera King Arthur and names his favourite – plus, as always, our world-leading critics review the latest classical music releases on CD, DVD and download – with the best being crowned ‘Editor’s Choice’.

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