Today the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) announced the winners of 26 awards for the 2023 edition. Jury President Remy Franck says: « Firmly established as the unrivalled badges of excellence for the classical music sector, the ICMA awards were selected from a nomination list comprising 391 productions and a wide range of artists and labels. The winner list comprises many renowned as well as lesser-known and young musicians and no less than 14 labels! We are proud and excited to launch the new ICMA Classeek Award which is organized in collaboration with the successful digital platform Classeek and to continue our long lasting cooperation with the International Music Academy Liechtenstein, so that together with the Young Artist Award, we are able to promote three young and highly promising talents. And since one of our missions is to champion the musical talent of youth we are thrilled that in our Chamber music section two 20-year-old musicians, Tassilo Probst and Maxim Lando, won the award in one of the most competitive categories. The ICMA jury, international and independent, supports musical excellence and scrutinizes the global music industry to ultimately find the best of the best, thus getting the opportunity to show musicians’ talent and interpretive skills worldwide. Almost 300.000 music lovers have streamed the ICMA Gala concert with winners from the 2022 panel. And now we look forward to our Gala in Wroclaw which will was for sure be an exciting evening filled with memorable appearances and wonderful music. »
The cellist David Geringas wins the Lifetime Achievement Award; soprano Ermonela Jaho is Artist of the Year. Saò Soulez-Larivière is Young Artist of the Year and 15-year-old violinist Leonhard Baumgartner is the winner of the Discovery Award. David Philip Hefti wins the Composer Award. Naxos is Label of the Year. The Orchestra Award goes to organist Karol Mossakowski, designated by the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic . The new ICMA-Classeek Award goes to double bass player Marc-André Teruel. Special Achievement Awards are granted to the National Forum of Music Wroclaw and pianist Alessandro Marangoni. In the audio and video categories, 16 productions have been awarded.
The winners receive the ICMA trophies during the annual Award Ceremony that will take place at the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Poland, on 21 April. This evening will also include a Gala Concert with the participation of a number of the winners and the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic conducted by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero.