Launched by Gramophone magazine in late 2011, the Gramophone Hall of Fame is an annual listing of the men and women (artists, producers, engineers, A&R directors and label founders) who have contributed to the classical record industry. Fifty individuals and ensembles entered the Hall of Fame in its first year. A special edition of the magazine (May 2012 issue) celebrates this new initiative, and the list was first published online on 6 April 2012.
Entrants were chosen by a public vote on Gramophone's website, with voters able to choose from a shortlist of over 200 industry figures and musicians chosen by the magazine's editors. The list is intended to be updated on a yearly basis, again, by public vote.
John Eliot Gardiner
Herbert von Karajan
Producers/record label executives
Carlo Maria Giulini