Decca Classics Scoop Coveted Gramophone Award

From left to right: Max Hole, Paul Moseley, Dickon Stainer and Costa Pilavachi
© Peter Spinney / 2013 Gramophone Classical Music Awards

Internationally regarded as the Oscars of the Classical Music World, the 2013 Gramophone Awards were announced last night during a ceremony held at LSO St Luke’s in London. The “Label of the Year” Award was collected by Decca Managing Director Paul Moseley, who said: “We are extremely honoured to be named ‘Label of the Year’, and would like to thank Gramophone for acknowledging the hard work undertaken by the Decca Classics team with this wonderful award.”

Writing in the special awards edition of Gramophone, James Jolly said: “Decca Classics, under the enlightened leadership of industry veteran Paul Moseley, has managed that immensely difficult balancing act of recording the great works of the central repertoire (for example, the Brahms symphonies with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly, to name a project hot off the press) as well as nurturing the talents of artists just starting out (Russian mezzo Julia Lezhneva, the newly signed South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza or last year’s Gramophone ‘Young Artist’ Benjamin Grosvenor).”

He added: “It’s not too fanciful to suggest that a great label’s future health is likely to be much brighter if it draws strength and inspiration from its own long, and rich, tradition.”