Joyce voted into Gramophone’s Inaugural Hall of Fame


Conductors Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Leonard Bernstein
and soprano Maria Callas head the list

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With its May issue,Gramophone launches its Hall of Fame, a list of 50 men and women who have most influenced the classical record industry, as voted for by the magazine’s readers and visitors to its website. From an initial list of nearly 500 people drawn up by Gramophone’s editors, 50 emerged from the voting process as having the significance on the industry its roughly 110 year history.

Conductors, singers, instrumentalists, producers, engineers, label founders and A&R executives were all eligible (composers and large ensembles were not). Nearly 5500 votes were cast to achieve the first 50 honorees of the Hall of Fame.

The 50 honorees are championed by 50 musicians and critics. So Mariss Jansons writes about Karajan, Angela Gheorghiu about Callas, Christian Thielemann about Furtwängler, Lang Lang about Barenboim, Sir Antonio Pappano about Domingo, and composer Jake Heggie about Joyce DiDonato.

Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief, James Jolly, explained that ‘Gramophone celebrates its 90th birthday next year, and so has witnessed at close quarters the development and growth of the classical music industry. That makes us perfectly placed to create a list that celebrates the heroes not just of today, but also of the golden years that witnessed the arrival of electrical recording, the LP, stereo, digital recording, the CD and the download.’

The list contains many of the great names of classical music in the 20th and 21st centuries: conductors like Karajan, Furtwängler, Toscanini, Klemperer and Carlos Kleiber to today’s stars like Rattle and Gardiner; pianists such as Perahia, Pollini, Richter, Rubinstein, Horowitz and Gould; violinists Oistrakh, Menuhin and Heifetz; singers such as Callas, Domingo, Björling, Sutherland and Fischer-Dieskau.

And the Hall of Fame doesn’t neglect the ‘back-room boys’ either: producers Walter Legge and John Culshaw, and the founder of Hyperion Ted Perry, have all been voted in.

Joyce is one of only three working singers to be voted in by the public and joins the ranks of Baker, Bartoli, Björling, Callas, Caruso, Domingo, Fischer-Dieskau, Nilsson, Pavarotti, Schwarzkopf and Sutherland.

Each year, Gramophone will invite its readers to add to the list, which will be revealed in the spring.

View the list of complete list of winners here.


  1. Morgan Earle said…

    Many congratulations to you, dear Joyce! What an honor, indeed. 🙂 So proud to call you my life inspiration! Best of wishes to you and your loved ones this Easter Sunday!


  2. martha hart said…

    Woo hoo! Sometimes the good gals win… and are recognized for their impact on the audience. Please keep on speaking out for the arts… and singing. Brava!

  3. You absolutely belong there Joyce – congratulations!

  4. Toni Goldfarb said…

    Brava! A well-deserved honor for a beautiful singer and beautiful person.

  5. Chris said…

    Wonderful news. Richly deserved. Best wishes to you now and in the future.

  6. Steve said…

    Wow, that’s some pretty fancy singer company Joyce! Very proud of you.

  7. Cristina G.N said…

    Dear Joyce

    Wonderful news!Congratulations,I love your fantastic voice,my little world is very happy listening you!…

    All my best wishes to you!


  8. DUI Seid said…

    What an wonderful accomplishment and confirmation of your talent! I get to see some of your creative talent as I own your photograph of Canova’s sculpture “Three Graces” at the Louvre. Brava.


    Dear Sirs,

    I cannot understand why the prestigious italian conductor Riccardo Muti, the most important Verdi’s living conductor has not been included in your famous Hall of Fame? His large musical credits and numerous awards due to his wonderful recordings of opera and classical masterpieces are “by far” a strong reason to be included in your list. Muti has been by decades the musical director of the most famous orchestras in the world, like The Philadelphia Orchestra (where he replaced Mr. Eugene Ormandy), Philharmonia Orchestra (replacing another giant: Mr. Otto Klemperer), New Philharmonia Orchestra, Teatro dell”Opera di Roma and right now, one of the most brilliant Directors since ever, of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra. An do not forget: Muti was by almost 20 years the director of Teatro alla Scala de Milan!!. On top of that he has been a regular conductor of the Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philarmoniker, with outstanding recordings of Mozart, Beethoven, and most of classical composers and aloso covering a vast and huge operatic repertoire. One major example, his three outstanding recordings of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem are absolutely peerless. In my opinion, Riccardo Muti’s musical credits are absolutely worth to be included in your famous Hall of Fame list.

    My best regards,
    Fernando Martínez
    Musical Critic
    Santiago de Chile

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