International Classical Music Awards

The International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) are music awards first awarded April 6, 2011. ICMA replace the Cannes Classical Awards (later called MIDEM Classical Awards) formerly awarded at MIDEM. The jury consists of music critics of magazines Andante, Crescendo, Fono Forum, Gramofon, Kultura, Musica, Musik & Theater, Opera, Pizzicato, Rondo Classic, Scherzo, with radio stations MDR-Figaro (Germany), Orpheus Radio (Russia 99.2FM),[1] Radio 100,7 (Luxembourg) the Internationales Musik And Medienzentrum (IMZ),[2] Vienna, website (France) and radio Classic (Finland).[3]

The Award Ceremony and Gala Concert 2012 took place in Nantes (15 May 2012, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire). Award Ceremony and Gala Concert 2013 were held in Milan (18 March 2013) and hosted by Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. In 2014, The Award Ceremony and Gala Concert took place in Warsaw during the Beethoven Festival (with the Sinfonia Iuventus). Award Ceremony and Gala Concert 2015 took place in Ankara with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (28 March 2015).[4]





The Jury announced the winners for 2012 in 20 categories from a nomination list comprising over 250 CD and DVD productions.

Slavic Opera AriasTchaikovsky, Parashkev Hadjiev, Borodin, Dvořák, Smetana, Rimsky-KorsakovVeselin Stoyanov, Krassimira Stoyanova. Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Pavel Baleff. Orfeo C 830 111 A


The Jury announced the winners for 2011 in 20 categories from a nomination list comprising over 500 CD and DVD productions.


The Cannes Classical Awards (CCA) were music awards awarded at the Marché international du disque et de l'édition musicale (MIDEM) international music convention in Cannes, France, in January from 1994 until 2010.

The original chairman of the awards was the New York music critic David Hurwitz.[5] Voting was conducted by a multinational jury of several hundred music critics from magazines including Hurwitz' website, Crescendo (Belgium), Répertoire (France), Pizzicato (Luxemburg), Klassik Heute (Germany), Scherzo (Spain), Musica (Italy) etc.[6]

In 2011, the awards were replaced with the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA), which were first awarded in Tampere, Finland on April 6.


  1. Orpheus
  2. IMZ homepage
  3. ICMA homepage
  4. Big Success For ICMA Ceremony And Gala In Ankara, Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  5. Czech music Český hudební fond Praha. Hudební informační středisko – 1995 "... which took part in the French seaside resort of Cannes between January 21st and 25th, ... chairman of the competition is the well known New York music critic and Czech music connoisseur David Hurwitz."
  6. Classic CD 1998 "Here we reveal the winners in the Cannes Classical Awards, presented on 19 January' by the editors of nine international music magazines and CCA chairman David Hurwitz at MIDEM, the classical industry's annual convention. ..."
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