Seattle Symphony was named Gramophone's Orchestra of the Year, which honors outstanding work on record.

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Seattle Symphony was named Orchestra of the Year at the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Awards ceremony in London on Thursday.

Seattle Symphony was one of eight ensembles — and the only non-European one — nominated for the award, which honors outstanding work on recorded music from June 2017 through May 2018. The orchestra has its own in-house record label, Seattle Symphony Media.

This is the first year for this award, whose nominees were chosen by Gramophone editors and critics. The winner was decided by a public vote. Seattle Symphony won 47 percent of the votes, James Jolly, Gramophone’s editor-in-chief, said in a symphony news release.

In its nomination, Gramophone cited Seattle Symphony’s long tradition of making recordings, noting that this year, “this 115-year-old ensemble is back making recordings (usually based on live performances) and is sounding superb.”

Seattle Symphony will release a new album —  Berlioz’s Requiem conducted by Ludovic Morlot, with tenor Kenneth Tarver — on Friday. It starts its new season Saturday — the final one under the directorship of conductor Morlot. It’s also celebrating the 20th anniversary of its home, Benaroya Hall.