Grammy Awards Wrap Up

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony wrapped up last night, and it was a huge night for new classical music. In the classical category, most went to new groups and new music. Here are the winners:
Best Orchestral Performance –
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4
Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra)
Label: BIS Records

Best Opera Recording –
Adès: The Tempest
Thomas Adès, conductor; Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna & Alan Oke; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Best Choral Performance –
Pärt: Adam’s Lament
Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor (Tui Hirv & Rainer Vilu; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Sinfonietta Riga & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Latvian Radio Choir & Vox Clamantis)
Label: ECM New Series

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance –
Roomful Of Teeth
Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth
Label: New Amsterdam Records

Best Classical Instrumental Solo –
Corigliano: Conjurer – Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra
Evelyn Glennie; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)
Track from: Corigliano: Conjurer; Vocalise
Label: Naxos

Best Classical Vocal Solo –
Winter Morning Walks
Dawn Upshaw (Maria Schneider; Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough & Scott Robinson; Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
Label: ArtistShare

Best Classical Compendium –
Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Label: Ondine

Best Contemporary Classical Composition –
Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks
Maria Schneider, composer (Dawn Upshaw, Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough, Scott Robinson & Australian Chamber Orchestra)
Track from: Winter Morning Walks
Label: ArtistShare

And, while not an award, a highlight of the evening was pianist Lang Lang playing with the metal band Metallica

Louisville Public Media: Who We Are

Gaëlle Solal

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Gaëlle Solal started playing guitar at age 6, after becoming fascinated by a classical guitar concert. Since then she’s received many awards, including three gold medals from the Conservatory in Marseilles, a finalist for the Concert Artists Guild in New York, and the 2006 2nd Prize from the Guitar Foundation of America. She is in town this week for the 2013 Convention and Competition, and stopped by to talk about her career and to play Turkish and Brazilian music.

Marcin Dylla

Guitarist Marcin Dylla won the 2007 Guitar Foundation of America Competition, and is back as a judge and presenter for this year’s convention and competition. He plays on June 25 at Comstock Concert Hall, and stopped by Classical 90.5 to talk about the convention and his career playing guitar.

2012 Young Artist Competition

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15-year-old violinist Ted Kang was the winner or the 2012 Young Artist Competition sponsored by PNC Wealth Management. Enjoy his performance of the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Max Bruch from the winners recital.