• Hervé Niquet copyright Guy Vivien
    Hervé Niquet copyright Guy Vivien

The "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik" was awarded in 2019 to Hervé Niquet for the quality and abundance of his recordings.

The "German Record Critics' Prize" awards honorary certificates to outstanding personalities who, as performers, artists or producers, have made a special contribution to the recording of music on audio and video recordings.

Ehrenpreise 2019
Hervé Niquet

His recordings of baroque lyrical tragedy have long been on all CD and DVD shelves. But Hervé Niquet is much more than a so-called specialist in second generation music.
As a conductor, singer, harpsichordist, organist, festival director and founder of "Le Concert Spirituel" ensemble, he does extraordinary things when it comes to rediscovering lost treasures.
A great musician and theatre man, he also knows how to entertain the audience in Henry Purcell's King Arthur with an Offenbach-style verse. A French encyclopedist with a passion for discovery, he traces the entire French musical repertoire. This includes the Grands Motets de Lully à Campra and Charpentier à Rameau, as well as the orchestral music of the winners of the Prix de Rome such as Gounod, Dukas or Debussy, in partnership with the Centre de musique romantique française, the Palazzetto Bru Zane and the VRK.

What is the "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik"?

The "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik" ("German Record Critics Award") is an independent association that currently brings together 156 critics and journalists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It is divided into 32 juries that judge every quarter all record releases from variety to pop music, jazz and classical music. Their selections are published quarterly and, once a year, they award a series of prizes, including the "Ehrenpreis" (honorary prize).

3 "Ehrenpreise" are awarded this year to : Eva Mair-Holmes (publisher and label director of Trikont), Klaus Voormann (a graphic designer who received a Grammy in 1967 for the cover of the Beatles' album "Revolver", musician and record producer behind the hit "Da da da"), and Hervé Niquet (French conductor who makes award-winning recordings of unpublished works every year, founder of Le Concert Spirituel).

The "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik" was founded in 1963 by a Bielefeld publisher, Richard Kaselowsky jr.