2023 Classical GRAMMY Award Winners Announced
Winners at the 65th GRAMMY Awards include ensembles Time for Three and VC Artist Attacca Quartet in the classical music categories
VC Artist Attacca Quartet and genre-crossing string trio Time for Three were among the winners in the classical music division of this year’s GRAMMY awards — which included nominees such as violinist Hilary Hahn, PUBLIQuartet, and VC Artist Dover Quartet.
With the addition of five new categories for this year, there were a total number of 91 GRAMMY Awards — the highest since 2010. The award ceremony and concert were aired live from Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena and were also broadcast on the CBS TV Network and Paramount Plus.
The Attacca Quartet was awarded the “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance” for their album, “Evergreen,” released on Nonesuch Records. This 2022 album featured the music of Caroline Shaw and was the follow-up album to the Grammy Award-winning album, Orange.
The GRAMMY for “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” went to dynamic string trio Time for Three (TF3), conductor Xian Zhang and the Philadelphia Orchestra for their album “Letters for the Future.” Additionally, the “Best Contemporary Classical Composition” was awarded to composer Kevin Puts for his work "Contact," which was featured on the album.
“This body of work, in partnership with this legacy orchestra, is simply a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” TF3 told The Violin Channel of the album. “The record itself, is three parts the orchestra’s famous sumptuous and generous soul in sound, our collaboration with two of today’s most successful living composers, and our recording producers and engineers who captured the spirit of TF3’s playing and the music making during the sessions.”
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The “Best Orchestral Performance” was awarded to conductor Michael Repper and the New York Youth Symphony for their performance on “Works by Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery, Valerie Coleman,” released on Avie Records. With this win, the New York Youth Symphony becomes the first youth orchestra to win in this category.
The GRAMMY for “Best Opera Recording” went to conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin; performers Angel Blue, Will Liverman, Latonia Moore, and Walter Russell III; producer David Frost; and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera Chorus for Blanchard's “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.”
“Best Choral Performance” was awarded to conductor Donald Nally; performers Dominic German, Maren Montalbano, Rebecca Myers, and James Reese; and Philadelphia-based ensemble The Crossing — now a three-time GRAMMY winner — for their album “Born.”
“Best Classical Solo Vocal Album” went to soprano Renée Fleming and Yannick Nézet-Séguin on piano for “Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene,” released on Decca Classics.
Finally, the “Best Classical Compendium” was awarded to composers Starr Parodi and Kitt Wakeley; and producers Jeff Fair, Starr Parodi, and Kitt Wakeley, for their work on “An Adoption Story.”
“Best Engineered Album, Classical” went to sound engineers Shawn Murphy, Charlie Post, and Gary Rydstrom; plus mastering engineer Michael Romanowski for their work on “Bates: Philharmonia Fantastique — The Making of the Orchestra,” featuring conductor Edwin Outwater and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, “Producer of the Year, Classical” went to Judith Sherman.
For the complete list of nominees and winners, click here.