Categories & Rules

Categories & Rules

The International Classical Music Awards recognise creativity, imagination in choice of repertoire and artistic excellence.


  • Audio: Early Music – Music of any genre composed before 1600
  • Audio: Baroque Music, Instrumental – Music composed between 1600 – 1750
  • Audio: Baroque Music, Vocal – Any vocal music composed between 1600 – 1750
  • Audio: Vocal Recitals – Music for one to four voices, Lieder, melodies, songs, operatic scenes and arias (except early music, baroque and contemporary music)
  • Audio: Choral Works – Music for massed voices (with or without accompaniment, except early music, baroque and contemporary music)
  • Audio: Opera – Including also operetta and zarzuela (except early music, baroque and contemporary music)
  • Audio: Solo Instrument – From any period for a single instrument (except early music, baroque and contemporary music)
  • Audio: Chamber Music – Music for two to 10 instruments (except early music, baroque and contemporary music)
  • Audio: Concertos: Work for one or more soloists with an ensemble (except early music, baroque and contemporary music)
  • Audio: Symphonic Works – Any orchestral work with more than 10 players (except early music, baroque and contemporary music)
  • Audio: Contemporary Music – Music composed within the last 25 years or by a living composer
  • Audio: Assorted Programs – Category for CDs comprising works of different genres (Examples: Concerto + chamber music or solo piece, symphonic music + choral works etc.)
  • Audio: Best Collection – A collection of previously published separate recordings released as a box, or music not represented by any of the other categories.
  • Audio: Historic – Release of a recording older than 25 years
  • Video: Performance – Opera, Ballet and dance, concerts, recitals.
  • Video: Documentaries


  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Artist of the Year
  • Young Artist of the Year
  • Discovery Award
  • Composer Award
  • Label of the Year
  • Recording of the Year
  • Special Achievement Award


The competition is open to all classical audio and/or video productions commercially released with an international distribution between 1st November 2017 and 31st October 2018, supplied to Jury members during the course of the year by labels, distributors, agents, artists or publishers. The reception deadline for audio & video productions by the Jury members is OCTOBER 10, 2018. CDs not yet manufactured at that date can be provided as preview copies.


Serhan BALI, Editor-in-Chief
Akcaagac Sokak, Görhan Apt.
No: 1/1, Acibadem
TR – 34660 Uskudar-Istanbul

Bernadette BEYNE, Editor-in-Chief
Rue du Château d’Eau, 111
B – 1180 Bruxelles

Gerald MERTENS, Editor-in-Chief
Postf. 021275
D – 10124 Berlin
Parcel delivery: Littenstraße 10, 10179 Berlin, Germany

Attila RETKES, Founder/Publisher
P.O. Box 86
H-1282 Budapest

Sanda VOJKOVIC, Product Management Department
Prisavlje 3
HR – 10000 Zagreb

Martin HOFFMEISTER, Editor for Special Projects
MDR Kultur
MDR Funkhaus
Gerberstrasse 2
D – 06108 Halle

Nicola CATTO, Editor
Via Tonale 60
I – 21100 Varese

Evgenia KRIVITSKAIA, Editor in chief
Sredne-Kislovsky per.7/10-6
125009, Moscow, Russia,

Andrea MEULI, Editor-in-Chief
Sommeraustrasse 32
Postfach 491
CH – 7007 Chur

John ALLISON, Editor
36 Black Lion Lane
GB – London W6 9BE

Irina GERASIMOVA, CEO and Artistic Director
Russian State Music TV & Radio Center
25 Pyatnitskaya str.,
115326 Moscow (Russia)

Rémy FRANCK, Managing Director & Editor-in-Chief
7, rue Bellevue
L-3345 Leudelange (Luxembourg)

Jakub PUCHALSKI, Editor
al. Niepodległości 77/85
PL – 00-977 Warszawa

Guy ENGELS, Head of Music Program
Radio 100,7
b.p. 1833
L-1018 Luxembourg

Maciej CHIZYNSKI, Editor
Boulevard Voltaire 242
F – 75011 Paris
Jury member:
Maciej Chizynski
ul. Kilinskiego 1e m. 33
96-300 Zyrardow

Harri KUUSISAARI, Editor in chief
Plazankuja 4 A 12
FI – 00580 Helsinki

Juan LUCAS, Director
C/Cartagena, 10. 1°C
E – 28028 Madrid

Video productions only:

Franz PATAY, Legal Counsel
Stiftgasse 29 A – 1070 Wien

Voting Process for the general categories:

Each member of the Jury will nominate up to ten eligible discs in each category. For a final nomination a audio/video production has to be nominated by at least two Jury members. This initial list will be circulated to all nominated labels and published by the members of the Jury. For publicity and advertising purposes these discs may be styled as ‘ICMA Nomination’.

It is at the discretion of a Jury member to unite different volumes of an edition in one single nomination, as long as the release dates of these volumes correspond to the nomination period.

A Jury member is allowed to nominate an entire edition when the release date of the last volume is corresponding to the nomination period. In such a case, the nomination has to be included into the Best collection category.

There will be three rounds of voting. Round 1 will reduce the initial list to 10 discs per category. Round 2 will further reduce these 10 to five and Round 3 will produce the winner.

The winners are encouraged to mention their International Classical Musical Awards in their promotional material. The ICMA logo will be supplied on application (technical data will be included).

 The decisions of the Jury are final and no correspondence will be entered into.


What do I have to do for being eligible to the ICMA?

You must send a copy of your CD or DVD to each of the Jury members (list to be found under Jury, categories & rules). For a final nomination a CD/DVD has to be nominated by at least two Jury members. In such a case, the CD/DVD takes part in the three voting rounds leading to the election of the final winner.

What happens if I do send a CD or a DVD only to a selection of Jury members?

First of all, the editors who didn’t receive your CD/DVD, won’t be able to consider it for reviewing in their respective media. Secondly, not knowing your production, they will not be able to vote for it, even though it has been nominated by other Jury members. You loose a serious chance to getting an Award.

Do I have to mark the CD or DVD in a special manner to make it eligible?

No, the editors of our media will consider any production they receive for reviewing purpose.

Who may send CDs to the Jury members?

Everybody interested in getting an Award for the production he is entering into the competition: the label, the musician(s), an artist’s management or his PR manager…