GRAMMY Awards Announce 2023 Classical Music Nominees
The winners in each division of the classical music category will be announced on February 5, 2023
Following recent rule changes to the upcoming GRAMMY Awards, including five new categories, the total number of GRAMMYs is now at 91 — the highest it has been since 2010.
The award ceremony and concert will be aired live on February 5, 2023, from Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena, and be available on the CBS TV Network and Paramount+ from 8–11:30 PM ET. The ceremony’s broadcast time, hosts, presenters, and performers are yet to be announced.
The 2023 GRAMMY Award nominees in the Classical music category are:
Best Orchestral Performance
Awarded to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.
- Adams, John Luther: Sila - The Breath Of The World
Doug Perkins, conductor (Musicians Of The University Of Michigan Department Of Chamber Music & University Of Michigan Percussion Ensemble)
- Dvořák: Symphonies Nos. 7-9
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
- Eastman: Stay On It
Christopher Rountree, conductor (Wild Up)
- John Williams - The Berlin Concert
John Williams, conductor (Berliner Philharmoniker)
- Works By Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery, Valerie Coleman
Michael Repper, conductor (New York Youth Symphony)
Best Opera Recording
Awarded to the Conductor, Album Producer(s), Principal Soloists, and the Composer and Librettist (if applicable) of a world premiere. Opera recording only.
- Aucoin: Eurydice
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Barry Banks, Nathan Berg, Joshua Hopkins, Erin Morley & Jakub Józef Orliński; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
- Blanchard: Fire Shut Up In My Bones
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Angel Blue, Will Liverman, Latonia Moore & Walter Russell III; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
- Davis: X - The Life And Times Of Malcolm X
Gil Rose, conductor; Ronnita Miller, Whitney Morrison, Victor Robertson & Davóne Tines; Gil Rose, producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Odyssey Opera Chorus)
Best Choral Performance
Awarded to the Conductor, Choral Director and/or Chorus Master where applicable, and to the Choral Organization/Ensemble.
- Bach: St. John Passion
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor (English Baroque Soloists; Monteverdi Choir)
Donald Nally, conductor (Dominic German, Maren Montalbano, Rebecca Myers & James Reese; The Crossing)
- Verdi: Requiem - The Met Remembers 9/11
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Donald Palumbo, chorus master (Michelle DeYoung, Eric Owens, Ailyn Pérez & Matthew Polenzani; The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
For new recordings of works with chamber or small ensemble (twenty-four or fewer members, not including the conductor). One Award to the ensemble and one Award to the conductor, if applicable.
- Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, Volume 2 - The Middle Quartets
- Musical Remembrances
Third Coast Percussion
- Shaw: Evergreen
- What Is American
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Awarded to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and the Conductor when applicable.
- Abels: Isolation Variation
- Bach: The Art Of Life
- Beethoven: Diabelli Variations
- Letters For The Future
Time For Three; Xian Zhang, conductor (The Philadelphia Orchestra)
- A Night In Upper Town - The Music Of Zoran Krajacic
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Awarded to Vocalist(s), Collaborative Artist(s) (Ex: pianists, conductors, chamber groups), Producer(s), and Recording Engineers/Mixers with greater than 50% playing time of new material.
Joyce DiDonato, soloist; Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor (Il Pomo D’Oro)
- How Do I Find You
Sasha Cooke, soloist; Kirill Kuzmin, pianist
- Okpebholo: Lord, How Come Me Here?
Will Liverman, soloist; Paul Sánchez, pianist (J’Nai Bridges & Caen Thomason-Redus)
- Stranger - Works For Tenor By Nico Muhly
Nicholas Phan, soloist (Eric Jacobson; Brooklyn Rider & The Knights; Reginald Mobley)
- Voice Of Nature - The Anthropocene
Renée Fleming, soloist; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianist
Best Classical Compendium
Awarded to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s), Engineer(s) of over 50% playing time of the album, and to the Composer and Librettist (if applicable) with over 50% playing time of a world premiere recording only.
- An Adoption Story
Starr Parodi & Kitt Wakeley; Jeff Fair, Starr Parodi & Kitt Wakeley, producers
JP Jofre & Seunghee Lee; Enrico Fagone, conductor; Jonathan Allen, producer
- A Concert For Ukraine
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; David Frost, producer
- The Lost Birds
Voces8; Barnaby Smith & Christopher Tin, conductors; Sean Patrick Flahaven & Christopher Tin, producers
Best Contemporary Classical Composition
A Composer's Award. (For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.) Awarded to the librettist, if applicable.
- Akiho: Ligneous Suite
Andy Akiho, composer (Ian Rosenbaum & Dover Quartet)
- Bermel: Intonations
Derek Bermel, composer (Jack Quartet)
- Gubaidulina: The Wrath Of God
Sofia Gubaidulina, composer (Andris Nelsons & Gewandhausorchester)
- Puts: Contact
Kevin Puts, composer (Xian Zhang, Time for Three & The Philadelphia Orchestra)
- Simon: Requiem For The Enslaved
Carlos Simon, composer (Carlos Simon, MK Zulu, Marco Pavé & Hub New Music)
For the full list of 2023 nominees, click here.