The Luzerner Sinfonieorchester is not only hosting this year's ICMA awards ceremony, it is also featuring in the gala concert with a number of world-class soloists.

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This year's award ceremony and gala concert of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) are taking place in Switzerland for the first time. The award winners' gala concert is being held at the KKL Luzern.


«It is a particular honour for the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester and the KKL Luzern to host this gala, which is being held in our country for the first time.»


Under the baton of Lawrence Foster, several world stars and up-and-coming talents will be appearing with the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester on 10 May 2019, including Nelson Freire (Lifetime Achievement Award), Javier Perianes (Artist of the Year), Matko Smolcic (Young Artist of the Year), Eva Gevorgyan (Discovery Award) and Stephen Waarts (Orchestra Award). Many of these outstanding artists have performed with the orchestra in the past and will be familiar to the Lucerne audience.

This year's winner of the Special Achievement Award is Numa Bischof Ullmann, who, as artistic director of the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, "has shaped the Swiss orchestral scene over many years with his artistically innovative ideas, his tireless verve and with his corporate longsightedness," writes the jury in its appraisal. The Orchestra Award, presented by the host orchestra, goes to the young violinist Stephen Waarts, who so inspired his audience on Mt. Pilatus last October.

The ICMA have been an annual event since 2011. They are the only awards in the world of classical music to be awarded by independent media professionals. Recent years have seen the ICMA take place in countries such as Finland, Italy, Germany and Poland.