WQXR Gramophone American Awards to Debut This Fall

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The Gramophone Awards, perhaps the most highly regarded classical recording honors in the anglophone world, take on a new transatlantic dimension next week. The New York-based classical radio station WQXR has formed a partnership with the British classical music magazine The Gramophone for the WQXR Gramophone American Awards — a new category of the magazine's annual prizes which will honor the best recent recordings by American artists and in American repertoire.

The winners of the WQXR Gramophone American Awards will be announced on Thursday, September 28 at the Gramophone Awards ceremony in London. At 9 am in New York, WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon will announce the winners of the prizes, including the WQXR Gramophone American Awards; he will also interview James Jolly, the magazine's Editor-in-Chief. At 7 pm on WQXR, selections from the winning discs will be played; later in the evening, the Gramophone Record of the Year will be played in its entirety.

During the following week (October 2-6), selections from all of the winning recordings will be featured in programming throughout the day.

In a statement, Jolly said of the new awards, "Gramophone has always had a close relationship with the U.S.; throughout the 1950s we carried a monthly 'Letter from America' penned by the distinguished critic Harold C. Schonberg, and for the past 15 years we have produced a separate North American edition. These awards focus on recordings which were characterized by the imagination, flair, and innovation that attaches to some of the U.S.'s finest music-making."

WQXR music director Hester Furman said, "We are delighted to have this opportunity with Gramophone to honor the important and thrilling work being done in the world of American music and music-making."

96.3 WQXR-FM was founded in 1936 and was the nation's first commercial classical music radio station. It has been owned and operated by The New York Times Company since 1944 and now attracts nearly a million listeners each week.

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