Annual Awards

The annual committee of the PdSK decides on the ten Annual Awards, recognizing the best productions of the past year. The committee consists of a rotating cast of ten jurors from various expert juries. Each juror of the PdSK can nominate productions for the Annual Awards. Annual awards are awarded to the winners as part of public concerts or literary readings (in the field of spoken word). From 2014 onward, the Long Lists of Annual Awards can be found on the same page as each year’s award winners.

Annual Awards

Mariss Jansons & Stefan Herheim

Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky: Pique Dame. Misha Didyk, Alexey Markov, Vladimir Stoyanov, Andrei Popov, Andrii Goniukov, Mikhail Makarov, Anatoli Sivko, Larissa Diadkova, Svetlana Aksenova, Anna Goryachova, Chorus of the Dutch National Opera, Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, Regie: Stefan Herheim. Blu-ray/2 DVDs, C-Major 744004/743908 (Naxos)

Lucile Richardot & Sébastien Daucé

Perpetual Night. 17th Century Ayres and Songs. Works by John Banister, John Blow, John Coprario, James Hart, John Hilton, John Jackson, Robert Johnson, Nicholas Lanier, William Lawes, Henry Purcell, Robert Ramsey und William Webb. Lucile Richardot, Ensemble Correspondances, Sébastien Daucé. harmonia mundi HMM 902269

The annual award was presented on the 24. November 2018 as part of a concert in the Palace Chapel of Versailles.

Anita Rachvelishvili

Arias by Dimitri Arakishvili, Georges Bizet, Charles Gounod, Pietro Mascagni, Jules Massenet, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Camille Saint-Saëns und Giuseppe Verdi. Anita Rachvelishvili, Barbara Massaro, Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Giacomo Sagripanti. Sony 19075808752

The annual award was presented on the 15th Septembre 2019 as part of a opera performance at Het Muziektheater of Amsterdam.

Christian Tetzlaff

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonaten und Partiten für Violine solo BWV 1001-1006. Christian Tetzlaff. 2 CDs, Ondine ODE 1299-2D (Naxos)

The annual award was presented on the 16th January 2019 as part of a concert in the former parliament of Oldenburg.


Ständchen der Dinge. Geht es immer so weiter?
col legno WWE 1CD 20440 (harmonia mundi)

The annual award was presented on the 11th January 2019 as part of a concert in the Concerthall of Vienna.

Shannon Shaw

Shannon In Nashville. Nonesuch/Easy Eye Sound EES-006 (Warner)

Janelle Monáe

Dirty Computer. Atlantic 567348-2 (Warner)


Rarities – Limited Collectors Box. Unreleased Live Tracks, Demos, B-Sides, Videos & New 2018 Version of »Somewhere«. 6 CDs & 3 DVDs, RCA 88985 46384 2 (Sony)

The annual award was presented on the 2nd February 2019 as part of the Showcase Scotland at Glasgow.


At Least Wave Your Handkerchief At Me: The Joys And Sorrows Of Southern Albanian Song. Glitterbeat GBCD 053 (Indigo)

Peter Simonischek & Michael König

Thomas Bernhard: Städtebeschimpfungen. Edition by Raimund Fellinger. With Peter Simonischek, Michael König. 3 CDs, der Hörverlag ISBN 978-3-8445-2689-9

The annual award was presented on the 27th February 2019 as part of a lecture at the Literaturhaus of Munich.