GRAMOPHONE ORCHESTRA OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020: Bergen Philharmonic among Top Three

GRAMOPHONE ORCHESTRA OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020: Bergen Philharmonic among Top Three

For the third consecutive year, the Gramophone Classical Music Awards has named an Orchestra of the Year. The only award decided on by public vote, Orchestra of the Year celebrates collaborative music-making at the highest level. Nomination comes as a result of each ensemble impressing Gramophone’s editors and reviewers by its work on record, and all ten have released magnificent and often thought-provoking new albums over the past 12 months. We congratulate the Philadelphia Orchestra and are happy to be voted top three!

«I feel honoured on behalf of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award; I already had immeasurable pride in the work of my wonderful musicians in the Bergen Philharmonic. They give their all in every session, concert or education project, and we have many more years of collaboration and development together», Chief Conductor Edward Gardner.

«Being nominated and being among the top three for the Gramophone Orchestra of the Year Award 2020, is in itself a great victory for the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, a feather in the cap for the City of Bergen and an important milestone for Norwegian musical life. The nomination is the result of our hard and dedicated work for many years. We are immensely proud and happy for this accolade’’, says Orchestra CEO Bernt Bauge.

James Jolly, Editor-in-Chief of Gramophone says ‘This is not a poll to find the “best orchestra in the world”, but rather to shine the spotlight on an orchestra that consistently offers high-quality music-making that is exciting, moving and which demonstrates what a fine ensemble working at the peak of its powers can achieve. Many of these orchestras also highlight the indefinable and unique magic that happens between an inspiring conductor and his or her players. And with the majority of orchestras now silent, we hope this will focus attention on one of the glories of music-making on a grand scale.’’

The nominated orchestras: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestre National de Lille, Los Angeles Philharmonic, musicaAeterna, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, Philadelphia Orchestra.