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Award search for 'Classical Idol'
Bryn Terfel
Bryn Terfel is among the nominees for this year's Artist of the Year
A shake-up to this year's prestigious Gramophone Awards will see music fans in 13 countries take part in a global vote to find the artist of the year.

Sixteen classical radio stations and more than 10 million listeners are expected to take part in the vote, alongside Gramophone magazine readers.

Contenders include Bryn Terfel, Daniel Barenboim and conductor Valery Gergiev.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London's Dorchester Hotel on 3 October.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2007
Claudio Abbado
Daniel Barenboim
Natalie Dessay
Joyce Di Donato
Julia Fischer
Valery Gergiev
Steven Isserlis
Vadim Repin
Bryn Terfel
Rolando Villazon

"The popularity of classical music is at a high just now, fuelled by the increasing success of downloads and an injection of new stars," said Gramophone editor James Inverne.

"It's not quite Classical Idol but there's no doubt that it's not just pop and rock that has its own true superstar."

Countries including the USA, Australia, China and South Africa will take part in the international poll of ten nominees "selected for their particular impact on the classical music sector over the last year".

The 2006 winner was Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt, best known for her Bach recordings.

The awards, held in conjunction with Classic FM, honour all areas of classical music as well as record of the year and a lifetime achievement award.

Members of the public can also take part in this year's awards by voting online at the Gramophone website.




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