Vancouver produces such a feast of musical riches these days that singling out any set of best events invariably makes one regret that other equally-distinguished performances have been ignored. Here we simply identify the year’s most ‘memorable’ musical events, relative to genre. Several performances will typically be nominated for each category. The review link is off the title.  Many of the reviews are presented in their international form – as on our affiliate site Seen and Heard International: all were published originally on Vancouver Classical Music.

This year saw many fine orchestral concerts and, strikingly, three new music festivals. Nonetheless, it was the sheer number of great piano recitals and the engagement of the early music events that really stood out in 2018. The opera productions were also of a uniformly high quality.