In 2018, the Republic of Estonia will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The centenary programme began in April 2017 and will continue through to February 2020 to mark all of the most important milestones in the emergence of Estonia’s statehood. During the centenary year, almost 2500 events will take place both in Estonia and abroad to celebrate Estonia’s 100th birthday. The aim of finding balance and synergy between the natural and man-made, old and new, is Estonia’s unfolding story. At the root of things is the connection with pristine nature, at the top is a story of future and possibility through new technology and ways of living.
The BPI is a record labels’ association that promotes British music at home and overseas and champions the UK’s recorded music industry. It safeguards the rights of its members including those represented by collecting body PPL – who collectively create around 99 per cent of legitimate sales and streams of music in the UK. The BPI’s membership consists of over 400 independents and the UK’s three ‘major’ companies – together accounting for 85 per cent of domestic music consumption. The BPI is delighted to support the Gramophone Awards, which do so much to celebrate outstanding achievement in classical music and to promote the genre and its artists to a wider audience.
Heralded by the New York Times as ‘the closest thing to a classical Netflix’, medici.tv brings live classical music to passionate fans worldwide. Since its founding in 2008, it has captured the leading classical artists, ensembles and orchestras’ concerts from the world’s great concert halls, music festivals and competitions. As the largest online platform for classical music, it offers over 100 live performances throughout the year and a vast catalogue of 3000 works of classical music, concerts, operas, documentaries, master classes, behind-the-scenes and interviews, all streamed in high quality. Medici.tv is available on all devices – desktop, smartphone, tablet and TV via AirPlay and Chromecast.
Recording of the Year & Associate Sponsor
The Gramophone Awards is one of the annual highlights of the long-term partnership between Qobuz and Gramophone, which was formed through a mutual appreciation for classical music and listening quality. Gramophone magazine has been serving the classical music world since 1923, and is one of the most respected authorities on the subject, while Qobuz is the leading online music service for this genre, thanks to its ‘hi-res’ sound quality, an extensive documentation and a unique editorial line. In this respect, partnering with Gramophone on such a prestigious event is an obvious choice.
E. Gutzwiller & Cie, Banquiers
Opera Category & co-sponsors of the medici.tv broadcast
E. Gutzwiller & Cie, Banquiers was founded in 1886 by Carl Gutzwiller and is now owned and managed by the fourth generation of the Gutzwiller family. Managing partners are hands-on owners, with personal liability, ensuring interests are aligned with those of clients. It is a founding member of the exclusive Swiss Private Bankers Association. Specialising in asset management and investment advisory, E. Gutzwiller & Cie serves private clients from around the world from offices in Basel, Geneva and Zurich. It is a longstanding supporter of the arts - for instance, it has been the main partner of LISTE, one of the world's most prestigious art fairs, since 1997. As an organisation resolutely committed to quality, it is pleased to be supporting this year's Gramophone Classical Music Awards, renowned for recognising the best in classical music.
Co-sponsors of the Contemporary Award
Founded in 1934, PPL is the UK music industry’s collective management organisation (CMO) for tens of thousands of performers and record companies. We license recorded music in the UK when it is played in public or broadcast and ensure that revenue flows back to our members. These include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and influential festival headliners. PPL has a market-leading international collections business, with 84 agreements in place across 40 countries, helping members to maximise their revenue when their repertoire is played overseas. We collected £212.1 million in the UK and internationally in 2016 and paid over 92,000 performers and record companies. PPL is proud to be a partner of the Gramophone Classical Music Awards and recognises its position as one of the highlights in the classical music calendar.
PRS for Music
Co-sponsors of the Contemporary Award
PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation, it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played or performed in public, championing the importance of copyright to support the UK music industry. PRS for Music provides businesses with easy access to 22.2m songs through its music licences. Collecting £621.5m in 2016, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. PRS for Music is honoured to be partnering with the Gramophone Classical Music Awards to celebrate the classical record industry and support the Contemporary Award.
Lifetime Achievement Award
‘Underpinned by an evident love of music and the world of recordings, Presto Classical is a website that speaks your language’ (Gramophone). Based in Leamington Spa in the UK, Presto Classical has grown to be one of the most significant online retailers for classical recordings and sheet music in the world. Alongside our wide-ranging catalogue, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive data and unique editorial content, ranging from reviews of new releases to exclusive interviews with artists and composers. We’re proud to be supporting this year’s Gramophone Awards, and to join them in celebrating great classical music and outstanding recordings.
Label of the Year Award
Classical:NEXT is a year-round network of music innovators gathering every May for the biggest and most important classical and contemporary music meeting for all sectors of the industry. Showcase concerts, interactive conference sessions, an expo to present, mix and mingle – all these and more offer a variety of formats for getting business done, exploring new artistic ideas and developing pioneering solutions. 1300+ expected delegates come together for four days in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, May 15-18, 2019. Classical:NEXT are strong supporters of the Gramophone Awards in their common goal to strengthen the classical and art music scene, fostering emerging talents, and continuing to shape the future of this art form.
Co-sponsors of the medici.tv broadcast
IMG Artists is a global leader of performing arts management. For 30 years, the company has set the standard for excellence across the artist management, touring, dance, attractions, festivals, events and cultural consulting fields. IMGA’s specialists in offices across three continents offer unparalleled international reach and depth of experience to the company’s artists, clients and partners.
Kings Place is a creative centre within 5mins’ walk of King’s Cross–St Pancras, presenting classical, contemporary, folk, jazz, world, spoken word, comedy, live podcast and family events as well as paintings and sculpture from around the world. There are two main performance spaces (Hall One & Hall Two), with concerts, talks and events taking place nightly; and a café (Green & Fortune), bar and fine dining (Rotunda) on the waterfront of Regent’s Canal. In addition to providing the headquarters for The Guardian, Aurora Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and the OAE, it also hosts two art galleries – Pangolin London for sculptures and Piano Nobile Kings Place for modern painting.
IDAGIO is the first classical music streaming service offering a flawless search tailor-made for classical music. Alongside an easy-to-use interface and a distinguished design, IDAGIO offers exclusive releases, playlists curated by acclaimed performers and experts, as well as a constantly growing catalogue featuring recordings of the world's most prominent labels in CD quality audio (lossless FLAC). IDAGIO is currently used by classical music enthusiasts in more than 130 countries. It is available through mobile (iOS, Android), tablet (iPad), desktop (macOS, Windows), Sonos, Chromecast as well as web-browsers on www.idagio.com