From the masterly piano recitals of Sir András Schiff early in the year to Joyce DiDonato at the end, Vancouver once again displayed an embarrassment of musical riches.  With many distinguished Vancouver Symphony concerts, celebrated chamber music, a delightful Early Music Summer Bach Festival, and a stunning debut by Canada’s 2015 Chopin Competition Silver Medalist, Charles Richard-Hamelin, everyone can only feel proud of the exploits of the almost twenty musical organizations that give life to this city. 

In the spirit of Gramophone’s ‘Awards by Category’ format, we highlight 15 of the very best concerts of the year relative to genre.   Sometimes more than one performance appears in a given category; the ordering is only by date not quality.  The link to the full review is off the title.  This is the review as published world-wide in Seen and Heard International; it can also be found in its original version on the Vancouver Classical Music site.