ECHO Klassik 2013
What an honor to be given this wonderful award by ECHO Klassik again. I feel that I've gotten to know the German public much better since first receiving this honor, and it has been one of the highlights of my career. Bringing Drama Queens to so many receptive German cities is something I will never forget, and I look forward to hopefully many more shared musical experiences!
Joyce DiDonato, Female Singer of the Year
It is a tremendous honor for me to receive the ECHO Klassik Prize for Conductor of the Year. The idea of releasing all four of Lutosławski's symphonies in one package has been a dream of mine for some time, and I am incredibly thankful for the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the LA Phil, and Sony for making this possible. I hope that these recordings will help keep the enormous legacy of Witold Lutosławski alive for generations to come."
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor of the Year
The musicians of the San Francisco Symphony and I are deeply honored and grateful to receive the ECHO Klassik 2013 award from the Deutsche Phono-Akademie. The award is especially meaningful to us because it recognizes music by a San Francisco Bay area composer and a recording on our own SFS Media label. This recording is a testament to our long, close and fruitful artistic relationship with John Adams and this orchestra’s commitment to the music of composers writing today. We look forward to bringing one of John Adam's newest compositions "Absolute Jest," to Europe in March 2014. Again, our gratitude and thanks.
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director, San Francisco Symphony; Ensemble/Orchestra of the Year
I am extremely happy and honoured to be recognised by the ECHO-Klassik. This CD Alleluia is so special for me, because it is my first one for Decca Classics and also first Solo CD with Il Giardino Armonico & Giovanni Antonini - ensemble for which I have a great passion and admiration since years. I would like to gratefully thank Maestro Antonini and all musicians for their incredibly devoted work during the recording of the CD, as well as the entire Decca team who allowed and greatly supported in realising my artistic ideas. I am looking forward so much to perform more in Berlin and overall, in Germany - the country which I am connected for long time and where I have great friends and supporters. I would like to gratefully thank Marylea van Daalen and her Kempinski Arts Support Programme for giving me my first chance to go abroad at the tender age of 17 and study in Cardiff with wonderful tenor Dennis O'Neill, which was so important for me. I feel that German public is really unique - people are so devoted to classical music. They have great taste, knowledgement, passion and you always feel special atmosphere when you perform - the silence during the performances is incomparable!
Julia Lezhneva, Newcomer of the Year (Singer)
ECHO Klassik 2012
„It's wonderful that an album full of diverse and quite often challenging classical music is being recognized in this way - I hope this album can show today’s composers how multifaceted this instrument can be."
Alison Balsom; Instrumentalist of the Year (Trumpet)
„My sincere gratitude to the ECHO Klassik Awards jury for honoring French Impressions with the ECHO Klassik Award. This is the first sonata recording Jeremy Denk and I have done together and we couldn't be more pleased to see our interpretations of Ravel, Franck and Saint-Saëns be acknowledged in this way."
Joshua Bell; Chamber Music Recording of the Year (19th century)/String Player
„Thank you so much for this honour. It means a world to me. Being in the company of my idols is an inspiration for the future. There is so much more to come. It's time for the classical guitar to speak again."
Miloš Karadaglić; Newcomer of the Year (Guitar)
„It goes without saying that I am very honoured indeed to be receiving this prestigious award for my recording of Rachmaninov Third Symphony - my first purely symphonic recording for EMI - and I'm also delighted to be able to conduct this year's Echo Awards concert in Berlin. The Rachmaninov symphony cycle will continue soon with my new recording on EMI of the Second Symphony and I hope of course that this will be equally well received as Symphony No. 3!“
Vasily Petrenko; Newcomer of the Year (Conductor)
„I've been amazed by the overwhelming response of the public to this album in the past months, and now I'm sincerely grateful for this further recognition, it means a lot to me. I believe listeners can feel the passion and enthusiasm that I have put in this, together with Pablo Ziegler and all the musicians who helped me moulding and bringing to life Rojotango as it is. It's been both fun and enhancing working with them, so I'd like to thank them once more for their professionalism and humanity alike, it's been an experience to remember.”
Erwin Schrott; The Klassik-ohne-Grenzen Prize
„I feel very honored to receive this ECHO 2012, it has a great meaning to me and gives me confidence and strength. Thank you to all of you for your trust and thank you also to the German audience which I adore. Love, Gautier.“
Gautier Capuçon; Kammermusik-Einspielung des Jahres (19. Jh.)/ Gem. Ensemble
„It is hard to believe that one's first solo record has earned such a prestigious prize. What makes me so happy is that I was able to record not just any potpourri, but my own concept of a piano recital. This contradicts the general opinion of record companies forcing their commercial ideas onto artists and crushing any kind of individual development. I have an incredible team around me: flexible, efficient, inspired and inspiring! “
Anna Prohaska; Nachwuchskünstlerin (Gesang)
ECHO Klassik 2011
“It is an honor and a great pleasure to be the recipient of this year's ECHO Klassik. They say that the path of a soloist is supposed to be a lonely road, but having an awesome team of people behind me with all their support allows me to disagree with that claim. A big thank you to all who made this possible!"
Ray Chen; Newcomer of the Year (Violin)
“The ECHO Award for my film, "A Surprise in Texas" comes at a very meaningful time for me. The story is about a 20 year old pianist from Japan, Nobuyuki Tsujii, blind from birth, who wins the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The tragedy in Japan, which has brought such incomprehensible loss of life and human hardship, is now the backdrop of Nobuyuki's story. His music symbolizes the will to go on against the odds, and is an uplifting story for all Japanese, when they need something positive to be a part of. This ECHO Award, in my mind, is for the Japanese people, in their time of suffering.”
Peter Rosen; Music DVD Recording of the Year (Documentation)
"I am absolutely thrilled about receiving the ECHO Klassik award 2011. A dream comes true - the ECHO Klassik as the most renowned award in classical music means a huge recognition for my artistic work."
Susanna Yoko Henkel; Concerto Recording of the Year (17th/18th century)