October 5, 2021
The Minnesota Orchestra Named Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (OCTOBER 5, 2021) — The Minnesota Orchestra was named 2021 Orchestra of the Year during the international Gramophone Classical Music Awards earlier today. The awards, which were distributed in a livestreamed ceremony by the U.K.-based classical music magazine Gramophone, are considered among the highest honors in the classical music industry.

The Orchestra of the Year prize is the only one of the Gramophone Awards decided by public vote with voters choosing from a pool of 10 world-renowned orchestras, selected by the magazine’s editors. The votes for the Minnesota Orchestra amounted to nearly a third of the 31,000 total votes cast.

“It means a lot to us that this is an award decided by the public, by people who listen to and love and need classical music in their lives,” said Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä in his acceptance speech from Orchestra Hall. “Through the pandemic we stretched to find new ways to connect with audiences. Sometimes this brought us outside of our comfort zone, but music is such a vital force that it must be part of how we make sense of the world, especially in challenging times. And so over the last year we have reflected the full range of human experience on this stage: grief and anger and joy and laughter and hope.”

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