Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Composer Jennifer Higdon Awarded 2018 Grammys

The 2018 Grammy Award winners have been announced - including violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and composer Jennifer Higdon

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Grammy Winners 2018

The winners of the 2018 60th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced in New York City – including experimental Moldovan-Austrian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and celebrated American composer Jennifer Higdon

The 2018 ‘Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance’ Grammy Award was presented to violin virtuoso Patricia Kopatchinskaja and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra – for their innovative string ensemble arrangement of Schubert’s ‘Death & The Maiden’ on the Alpha Classics label.

PATRICIA KOPATCHINSKAJA | SCHUBERT | DEATH AND THE MAIDEN | THE SAINT PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA | ALPHA CLASSICS

 

The ‘Best Contemporary Classical Composition’ Grammy Award was awarded to American composer Jennifer Higdon for her ‘Higdon Viola Concerto‘- released with viola soloist Robert Diaz, conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony on the Naxos label. 

The concerto was co-commissioned by the Library of Congress and the Curtis Institute of Music – where she serves a faculty position.

Jennifer was awarded her first Grammy in 2009 in the same category for her ‘Percussion Concerto’.

 

ROBERTO DIAZ | HIGDON VIOLA CONCERTO | 1ST MVT | GIANCARLO GUERRERO & NASHVILLE SYMPHONY | NAXOS

 

ROBERTO DIAZ | HIGDON VIOLA CONCERTO | 2ND MVT | GIANCARLO GUERRERO & NASHVILLE SYMPHONY | NAXOS

 

ROBERTO DIAZ | HIGDON VIOLA CONCERTO | 3RD MVT | GIANCARLO GUERRERO & NASHVILLE SYMPHONY | NAXOS

 

The entire Jennifer Higdon disc ‘Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto,‘ produced by Tim Handley and with oboist James Button, was also awarded a 2018 Grammy Award for the ‘Best Classical Compendium’ release.

The ‘Best Classical Instrumental Solo’ Grammy was awarded to Russian piano virtuoso Daniil Trifonov for his album ‘Transcendental‘ – on the Deutsche Grammophon label.

The ‘Best Orchestral Performance’ Grammy was awarded to conductor Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra – for their recording of ‘Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio’ – on the Reference Recordings label.

The ‘Best Opera Recording’ Grammy was awarded to conductor Hans Graf for his release of ‘Berg: Wozzeck’ with soprano Anne Schwanewilms & baritone Roman Trekel – on the Naxos Label.

The ‘Classical Producer of the Year’ Grammy was awarded to record producer and pianist David Frost

 

 

Track previews available now on Amazon and iTunes.

Transcendental |CD|

Daniil Trifonov Plays Franz Liszt

Daniil Trifonov, Piano

Release Date: October 7, 2016

Deutsche Grammophon

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 |CD|

Barber: Adagio

Manfred Honeck, Conductor

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Release Date: August 18, 2017

Reference Recordings

Jennifer Higdon: All Things Majestic |CD|

Roberto Diaz, Viola

James Button, Oboe

Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony

Release Date: March 10, 2017

Naxos

Alban Berg: Wozzeck |CD|

Hans Graf, Conductor

Houston Symphony, Orchestra

Release Date: January 13, 2017

Naxos

Death and the Maiden |CD|

Franz Schubert, Composer

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Release Date: October 28, 2016

Alpha

Crazy Girl Crazy |CD|

Barbara Hannigan, Vocalist & Arranger

Ludwig Orchestra

Release Date: September 22, 2017

Outhere S.A.

Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century |CD|

Donald Nally, Conductor

PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Orchestra

The Crossing Choir

Release Date: November 18, 2016

ECM New Series

 

PICTURED: 2018 GRAMMY AWARD RECIPIENTS PATRICIA KOPATCHINSKAJA AND JENNIFER HIGDON 

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