The Deutsche Phono-Akademie, which functions as the cultural arm of Germany's Federal Music Industry Association (Bundesverband Musikindustrie), handed out its annual ECHO KLASSIK awards at a gala ceremony held last Sunday evening at the Konzerthaus Berlin. The ECHO KLASSIK counts among the most important awards in the field of classical music in the world and was handed out for the 23rd time this year. German talk-show legend Thomas Gottschalk hosted the event, which was broadcast that same evening on the public TV channel ZDF. After the gala, many of the night’s award-winners, presenters and honorary speakers mingled with guests drawn from the worlds of culture, business, politics and society at the ECHO KLASSIK Night held in the foyer of the Konzerthaus on Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt. The list of ECHO KLASSIK 2016 award-winners reads like a who’s who in the classical music world. For example, star soprano Anna Netrebko – who also performed that night – was awarded the ECHO for “Female Singer of the Year” by German entertainer and presenter Barbara Schöneberger. Tenor Andrea Bocelli also provided a taste of his talents and received an ECHO in the category “Classical without Borders”, which was presented to him by boxing legend Henry Maske. Philippe Jaroussky was named “Male Singer of the Year” and received his award from bestselling American author Donna Leon. [more]
Anna Netrebko, Philippe Jaroussky, Asya Fateyeva, German Brass, Andrea Bocelli, Khatia Buniatishvili, and Olga Peretyatko are among the artists performing at this year's ECHO KLASSIK award.
Overview of all Award Winners.