Celebrated classical musician Sir James Galway was the toast of London's Gramophone Awards on Wednesday (17Sep14) as he was honoured for his career achievements.

The Annie's Song flautist, nicknamed The Man with the Golden Flute, was presented with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award after selling more than 30 million copies of his solo recordings worldwide.

Paying tribute to Galway, Gramophone magazine editor James Jolly said, "He put the flute on the musical map in modern times... He is a true classical music superstar."

Conductor Sir Neville Marriner, 90, was another big winner - he received the Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of his prolific career, while Riccardo Chailly's performance of the Brahms Symphony Cycle with the world's oldest orchestra, Germany's Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, was named Recording of the Year.

Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos was feted as Artist of the Year, while the Young Artist of the Year title was shared between the members of the Nightingale String Quartet.