Martin Fröst, Sol Gabetta, Bertrand Chamayou, François Leleux and Riccardo Minasi have been named as prize winners for the 2016 ECHO Klassik Awards.

In the Instrumentalist of the Year categories, Martin Fröst wins the Clarinet award for his debut Sony Classical album Roots and Sol Gabetta’s Vasks: Presence, also on Sony Classical, wins the Cello award.

Bertrand Chamayou’s Ravel: Complete Works for Solo Piano ERATO recording wins the Solo Recording (20th/21st century music) Piano award.

Riccardo Minasi features on four ECHO Klassik award-winning albums this year. His Haydn: Concertos album with Maxim Emylyanychev (Warner Classics) wins in the Concert Recording (19th century music) category and his Leonardo Vinci: Catone in Utica (Decca) with Max Emanuel Cencic wins the Opera Recording (17th/18th century music) award. Minasi also conducts Edgar Moreau in the cellist’s Giovincello – Cello Concertos: Haydn, Vivaldi, Platti, Boccherini and Graziani (Erato) album which wins the Newcomer (Cello) award and he features on the Scaramanzia recording with Rolf Lislevand (naïve) which wins in the Chamber Music Recording (17th/18th century music) category. The Haydn, Leonardo Vinci and Edgar Moreau albums were all recorded with Il Pomo d’Oro.

A further Concert Recording award goes to François Leleux – he wins an award for ‘Music up to and including 18th century’ for his album of Hummel & Haydn: Prince Esterházy Concertos with Münchener Kammerorchester (Sony Classical).

Each of the awards will be presented at a gala event on 9 October 2016 at the Konzerthaus in Berlin and broadcast on television via ZDF.