This year's Grammy nominees were announced this morning. Putting aside Beyonce for the moment, the Classical music categories include some musicians with strong Minnesota ties, including pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard (former St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Artistic Partner), guitarist Sharon Isbin (St. Louis Park native), and the Enso Quartet (in residence last year with the SPCO).
Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra:
Bartók: 3 Concertos
Pierre Boulez, conductor (Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Neil Percy, Tamara Stefanovich & Nigel Thomas; Berliner Philharmoniker & London Symphony Orchestra)
Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra):
Journey To The New World
Sharon Isbin (Joan Baez & Mark O'Connor)
Best Chamber Music Performance
Ginastera: String Quartets (Complete)
Also noted and nominated:
Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham's new French recital CD w/ Malcolm Martineau, much of which they performed at the Ordway in St. Paul just last night!
Pop trumpeter Chris Botti, who plays Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis this weekend.
Jazz singer Kurt Elling, who recently performed at his MInnesota alma mater, Gustavus Adolphus College.
Winners will be revealed on January 31. Complete list of nominees in all 109 categories here.
So good to see more classical music represented at the Grammy's. Can't wait to find out the winners come January!
Thanks for posting the list. We love giving music from regional artists to our relatives in other parts of the country for Christmas gifts, and you've made it easy to make our selections this year.