Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year 2021

The Nominees

Gramophone's Orchestra of the Year Award is the only Gramophone Classical Music Award decided by public vote. The 10 orchestras nominated this year are: Academy of Ancient Music, Accademia Bizantina, Bamberger Symphoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, The Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Philharmonia Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.

Who will you vote for?

To help you decide who you think deserves to win we've created playlists featuring recent highlights from each of the 10 nominated orchestras exclusively on Apple Music, all in lossless audio, plus a special Nominees playlist featuring tracks from all of the contenders. 

Apple Music offers a three-month free trial to new subscribers and with its vast catalogue of recordings – plus the addition of lossless audio and Spatial Audio, offering an immersive audio experience from 44.1kHz/16-bit (CD quality) up to 192kHz/24-bit – it is the perfect music streaming platform for anyone who loves classical music.

You can also enjoy Gramophone's playlists exclusively on Apple Music, including The Listening Room, our frequently-updated guide to the most compelling new classical recordings.

Find out more and start your free trial here: Apple Music 

Listen to all of the Orchestra of the Year playlists on Apple Music: Orchestra of the Year 2021

How to vote

Once you have enjoyed listening to this year's 10 nominees you can cast your vote either using the voting form below or by following this link: 2021 Orchestra of the Year Vote



Previous Winners

Philadelphia Orchestra (2020)

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (2019)

Seattle Symphony (2018)

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