ARIA Award For Best Classical Album
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ARIA Award For Best Classical Album

ARIA Award for Best Classical Album
Presented byAustralian Recording Industry Association (ARIA)
First awarded1987
Currently held byPaul Kelly, James Ledger - Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds (2019)

The ARIA Music Award for Best Classical Album, is an award presented within the Fine Arts Awards at the annual ARIA Music Awards. The ARIA Awards recognise "the many achievements of Aussie artists across all music genres",[1] and have been given by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) since 1987.[2]

Classical albums by Australian solo artists and groups are eligible, as well as Australian featured artists or soloists involved with non-Australian ensembles or orchestras (providing the album packaging credits the Australian/s as the featured artist/s). It is judged by a specialist judging school of between 40 and 100 representatives experienced with classical music.[3]

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra has received the award five times. The Australian Chamber Orchestra has been a three-time winner, with the ACO's Richard Tognetti receiving a further two awards for his solo violin recordings.[4]

Winners and nominees

In the following table, the winner is highlighted in a separate colour, and in boldface; the nominees are those that are not highlighted or in boldface. Nominees from 1988 are not available in published sources.

  Winner marked in a separate colour
Year Winner(s) Album title
Barry Conyngham Southern Cross Ice Carving
Australian Chamber Orchestra Mozart In Delphi
Grant Foster Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra
Robert Allworth Last Look at Bronte
Sydney University Chamber Choir The Victoria Requiem
Australian Opera Voss
Flederman Flederman
George Dreyfus Rush - The Adventures of Sebastian the Fox and Other Goodies
Jennifer McGregor The Jennifer McGregor Album
Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Joan Carden, John Howard Australia Day / Child of Australia
Various Artists Tropic of Capricorn
Tasmanian Symphony Chamber Players Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Australian Youth Orchestra Works of Koehne, Stravinsky, Messiaen, Ravel
Geoffrey Collins & David Miller Flute Australia Volume 2
Jane Rutter Nocturnes & Preludes for Flutes
Various Artists Landscapes
Stuart Challender, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sculthorpe: Orchestral Works
David Helfgott David Helgott
Geoffrey Simon, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Percy Grainger: Orchestral Works
Hartley Newnham & Nicholas Routley Hermit of Green Light
The Choir of Christ Church St Laurence Victoria: Missa Surge Propera
Stuart Challender, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Vine: 3 Symphonies
Australian Ensemble Cafe Concertino
The Australian Opera Mozart Arias & Scenes
Geoffrey Lancaster Fortepiano
Roger Woodward Prokofiev Piano Works
Australian Chamber Orchestra & Richard Tognetti Janá?ek: Kreutzer Sonata for Strings, Barber: Adagio for Strings, Walton: Sonata for Strings
The Brandenburg Orchestra The Brandenburg Orchestra
West Australian Symphony Orchestra The Transposed Heads
Geoffrey Lancaster Mozart Sonatas for Fortepiano
Roger Woodward The Music of Frédéric Chopin
Dene Olding, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Challender, Porcelijn Ross Edwards Orchestral Works
Australian Chamber Orchestra & Richard Tognetti Mendelssohn: Octet in E Flat for Strings Op. 20 Sinfonia No. 9 in C. Swiss
Australian Chamber Orchestra & Richard Tognetti Symphony Serenades and Suites
Nigel Butterley John Cage
Dene Olding, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Iwaki Violin Concertos
Yvonne Kenny, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Kamirski Simple Gifts
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, David Porcelijn, János Fürst Powerhouse Three Poems of Byron - Capriccio Nocturnes Unchained Melody
Duncan Gifford Debussy Preludes Books I & II
Slava Grigoryan Spirit of Spain
Graham Pushee, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Paul Dyer Handel: Opera Arias
Australian Chamber Orchestra Peter Sculthorpe: Music for Strings
Australian Chamber Orchestra Spirit
Australian Ensemble Shostakovich
Macquarie Trio Beethoven Piano Trios
Marshall McGuire Awakening
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, David Porcelijn Peter Sculthorpe: Sun Music
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, David Porcelijn Peter Sculthorpe: The Fifth Continent
Tamara Anna Cislowska The Enchanted Isle
Renaissance Players Mirror of Light
Australian Chamber Orchestra Il Tramonto - The Sunset
Yvonne Kenny, Paul Dyer, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Handel: Arias
Tamara Anna Cislowska The Persian Hours
Slava Grigoryan Dance of the Angels
Karin Schaupp Leyenda
Sydney Alpha Ensemble Elena Kats-Chernin: Clocks
Gerard Willems Piano: Beethoven Sonatas Volume 1
Sara Macliver (soprano), Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Paul Dyer If Love's a Sweet Passion
Tamara Anna Cislowska Piano: The Russian Album
Paul Dean (clarinet), Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Richard Mills Ariel's Music
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Vernon Handley The Eternal Rhythm
Gerard Willems Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas
Rosamund Illing, Richard Bonynge, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra Amoureuse: Sacred and Profane Arias
Michael Kieran Harvey Messiaen: Twenty Contemplations of the Infant Jesus
Simon Tedeschi Simon Tedeschi
Richard Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra Beethoven Violin Concerto & Mozart Symphony No. 40
Genevieve Lacey, Brandenburg Orchestra, Paul Dyer Vivaldi - Ii Flauto Dolce
Macquarie Trio Schubert: Complete Piano Trios
Shu Cheen Yu Lotus Moon
Stephanie McCallum Perfume
Woof! Tuneful Percussion
Slava Grigoryan Sonatas & Fantasies
David Hobson Handel: Arias
Genevieve Lacey, Linda Kent Piracy
Geoffrey Lancaster Haydn: Keyboard Sonatas Volume 1
Yvonne Kenny, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Gorecki: Symphony No. 3
Saffire Saffire - The Australian Guitar Quartet
Marshall McGuire The 20th Century Harp
Slava Grigoryan, Leonard Grigoryan Play
Teddy Tahu Rhodes Mozart Arias
Yvonne Kenny Make Believe
Teddy Tahu Rhodes The Voice
Diana Doherty Souvenirs
Sara Macliver, Sally-Anne Russell Bach Arias and Duets
William Barton, The Queensland Orchestra Sculthorpe: Songs of Sea and Sky
Gerard Willems, Sinfonia Australis Beethoven Complete Piano Concertos
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Sanctuary
Elena Kats-Chernin Wild Swans
Michael Kieran Harvey Rabid Bay
Sara Macliver & Sally-Anne Russell Baroque Duets
Slava Grigoryan Afterimage
Richard Tognetti Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
Amelia Farrugia Joie De Vivre
Niki Vasilakis, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sebastian Lang-Lessing Mendelssohn, Bruch, Ravel
Simon Tedeschi, The Queensland Orchestra, Richard Bonynge Piano Concertos: Tchaikovsky, Grieg
Slava Grigoryan, Leonard Grigoryan, The Queensland Orchestra, Brett Kelly Rodrigo Guitar Concertos
Richard Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra Bach Violin Concertos
Accademia Arcadia Trio Sonatas
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Arvo Volmer Sculthorpe Requiem and Orchestral Works
Michael Kieran Harvey Carl Vine Piano Music 1990-2006
Slava Grigoryan, Leonard Grigoryan Impressions
State Opera of South Australia, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Asher Fisch Wagner: Das Rheingold
Richard Tognetti, Neal Peres Da Costa, Daniel Yeadon Bach Sonatas for Violin & Keyboard
Brett Dean, Sydney Symphony Brett Dean
Elena Kats-Chernin Slow Food
Roger Woodward Johann Sebastian Bach: Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue, Partita no. 2 & Partita no. 6
Slava Grigoryan, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey Baroque Guitar Concertos
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Paul Dyer Handel: Concerti Grossi Opus 6
Australian Chamber Orchestra Classical Destinations II
Emma Matthews Emma Matthews in Monte Carlo
Slava & Leonard Grigoryan Distance
Teddy Tahu Rhodes, David Hobson You'll Never Walk Alone
Goldner String Quartet Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra & Paul Dyer Tapas - Tastes of the Baroque
Aleksandr Tsiboulski Australian Guitar Music
Li-Wei Qin Beethoven Cello Sonatas
David Hobson Enchanted Way
Geoffrey Lancaster Haydn: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 1
Richard Tognetti, Christopher Moore & Australian Chamber Orchestra Mozart Violin Concertos
Teddy Tahu Rhodes Bach Arias
Sally Whitwell Mad Rush: Piano Music of Philip Glass
Karin Schaupp & Flinders Quartet Fandango
Latitude 37 Latitude 37
Richard Tognetti (violin), Australian Chamber Orchestra Mozart Violin Concertos Vol 2
Teddy Tahu Rhodes Serious Songs
William Barton Kalkadungu
Jose Carbo with Slava and Leonard Grigoryan My Latin Heart
Orchestra of the Antipodes Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Sally Whitwell The Good, the Bad and the Awkward
Sydney Symphony, Vladimir Ashkenazy Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
Sally Whitwell All Imperfect Things: Solo Piano Music of Michael Nyman
Amy Dickson, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Catch Me If You Can
David Hansen Rivals: Arias for Farinelli & Co.
Jane Sheldon North + South
Nigel Westlake, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Missa Solis: Requiem for Eli
Lior, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Westlake Compassion
Australian World Orchestra, Zubin Mehta Stravinsky Rite of Spring / Mahler Symphony No. 1
Emma Matthews, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Marko Letonja Mozart Arias
Joe Chindamo & Zoë Black Dido's Lament
Latitude 37 Empires
Andrew Macleod, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey, Markus Stenz Ades Polaris / Stanhope Piccolo Concerto
Topology Share House
Tamara-Anna Cislowska Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano
Amy Dickson Island Songs
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Brandenburg Celebrates
Grigoryan Brothers This Time
Sally Whitwell I Was Flying
Flight Facilities Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Joe Chindamo & Zoë Black The New Goldberg Variations
Katie Noonan & Brodsky Quartet With Love and Fury
Nicole Car This Kiss
Richard Tognetti & Australian Chamber Orchestra Mozart's Last Symphonies
Slava Grigoryan Bach: Cello Suites Volume I
Grigoryan Brothers Songs Without Words
Jayson Gillham, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & Benjamin Northey Medtner: Piano Concerto No 1 / Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No 2
Kate Miller-Heidke & Sydney Symphony Orchestra Live at the Sydney Opera House
Tamara-Anna Cislowska Elena Kats-Chernin: Unsent Love Letters - Meditations on Erik Satie
Slava Grigoryan Bach: Cello Suites Volume II
Greta Bradman, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Chamber Singers & Luke Dollman Home
Ray Chen The Golden Age
Sally Whitwell Philip Glass: Complete Etudes for Solo Piano
Tamara Anna Cislowska, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra & Johannes Fritzsch Into Silence: Part|Vasks|Gorecki|Pelecis
Paul Kelly, James Ledger Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds
Diana Doherty, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Westlake, David Robertson, Synergy Vocals Nigel Westlake: Spirit of the Wild / Steve Reich: The Desert Music
Genevieve Lacey Soliloquy: Telemann Solo Fantasias
Grigoryan Brothers, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey Bach Concertos
Nicole Car, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti Heroines


  1. ^ "ARIA Awards 2011 overview". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "What We Do". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "ARIA 2011 - Eligibility Criteria and Category Definitions" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ ARIA Award previous winners. "ARIA Awards - Winners by Award". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Chet Faker and his beard are set to rule ARIAs". The Age. Retrieved 2014.

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