SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY NOMINATED FOR 2019 GRAMOPHONE ORCHESTRA OF THE YEAR AWARD
Voting Open to the General Public June 10–September 7 at gramophone.co.uk/awards
SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) has been announced as one of ten nominees for the Gramophone Classical Music Awards’ Orchestra of the Year. Now in its second year, the Gramophone Orchestra of the Year award recognizes 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 ceremony at London’s De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms on Wednesday October 16, to be streamed live by Medici.TV . Voting is open to the general public beginning today, June 11 until September 7, 2019 at gramophone.co.uk/awards .
Launched in 2001, San Francisco Symphony’s in-house media label SFS Media has released 32 live performance recordings, garnering 15 Grammy Awards, 22 Grammy Nominations, Japan’s Record Academy Award, France’s Grand Prix du Disque, Germany’s ECHO Klassik Award, and an International Classical Music Award. In addition to live concert recordings, SFS Media has produced and released documentary and live performance videos, including the multimedia project Keeping Score.
San Francisco Symphony CEO Mark C. Hanson says: “The San Francisco Symphony is honored to be nominated for Gramophone ’s Orchestra of the Year award. Since its founding, the SFS Media label has exemplified the Symphony’s commitment to innovation, access, and sharing the exceptional music-making of Michael Tilson Thomas and this Orchestra with audiences around the globe. The recordings released on SFS Media this year provide a window into MTT’s artistic vision, spanning a masterful symphony by Tchaikovsky and a large-scale vocal and choral work by Berlioz, to two works written by iconic Americans who MTT knew well—an intimate song cycle by Leonard Bernstein and a work by Henry Brant commissioned for the San Francisco Symphony. I commend MTT, the members of the Orchestra and Chorus, our tremendous guest soloists, and audio producer Jack Vad for their vision and artistry reflected in these recordings.”
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s album releases this year aptly reflect SFS Media’s goal of showcasing American composers as well as core classical masterworks. 2018–19 releases include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathétique (June 2018); Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny (August 2018); Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Nicholas Phan, and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus under the direction of Ragnar Bohlin (November 2018); and Brant’s Ice Field , with organist Cameron Carpenter (May 2019).
Editor-in-Chief of Gramophone James Jolly says: “The first-ever Orchestra of the Year Award last year captured the imaginations of over 20,000 music lovers from all over the world and propelled the Seattle Symphony to victory. This year Gramophone has short listed 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!”
The ten orchestras nominated for Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year are the San Francisco Symphony, 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, and Les Siècles.