Joshua Bell, James Ehnes and Christina Day Martinson nominated for 2019 Grammys

December 7, 2018, 11:06 AM · Congratulations to violinists Joshua Bell, James Ehnes and Christina Day Martinson, who each were nominated for awards in the 61st Annual Grammys, which will take place in February.

 Joshua Bell, James Ehnes and Christina Day
Grammy nominees James Ehnes, Christina Day Martinson and Joshua Bell.

All nominees were announced Friday morning by the Recording Academy; click here for a complete list of Classical Grammy nominations for 2019.

Bell, Ehnes and Martinson each were nominated in the "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" category; and several composers also were nominated for works for violin in the "Best Contemporary Classical Composition" category, including Aaron Jay Kernis for his Violin Concerto, played by Ehnes; and Missy Mazzoli for her Vespers for Violin, played by Olivia De Prato. A number of string ensembles also were nominated in the "Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance" category, including the Kronos Quartet with Laurie Anderson; the Danish String Quartet, the New York based Aizuri Quartet and the Boston Ensemble A Far Cry. Also, Itzhak Perlman and filmmaker Alison Chernick were nominated for the documentary “Itzhak” in the "Best Music Film" category.

Here is a list of those Grammy-nominated recordings and film:

This year's nominees were selected from more than 21,000 submissions across 84 categories. The final round of Grammy voting is Dec. 13, 2018–Jan 9, 2019. The Recording Academy will present the Grammy Awards at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Feb. 10, live from Los Angeles' STAPLES Center and broadcast on the CBS Television Network .

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December 10, 2018 at 01:59 PM · The 'trappings' of those that actually decide classical music winners are suspect, at best. Criteria are shady, not well defined and merely just another self-promo of the entertainment...perhaps on par with America has Talent decisions.

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