Nicola Benedetti and Tessa Lark Nominated for 2020 Grammys

November 20, 2019, 12:40 PM · Congratulations to violinists Nicola Benedetti and Tessa Lark, as well as all the nominees announced Wednesday for the Recording Academy's 62nd Grammy Awards, which will take place in January.

Tessa Lark and Nicola Benedetti
Grammy nominees Tessa Lark and Nicola Benedetti.

Nicola Benedetti and Tessa Lark were both nominated in the "Best Classical Instrument Solo" category, for premiere recordings of modern violin concertos written for each of them: Benedetti for Wynton Marsalis' "Concerto in D" for violin and orchestra; and Lark for Michael Torke's "Sky, Concerto for Violin." Marsalis also was nominated for "Best Contemporary Classical Composition" for the violin concerto.

In the category of "Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella," composer John Williams and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter were nominated for their arrangement of "Hedwig's Theme" from their album of film score arrangements for violin and orchestra, Across the Stars.

A number of string ensembles were nominated for "Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance," including the Hermitage Piano Trio, the Attacca Quartet, wild Up, and PUBLIQuartet. Composer Caroline Shaw also was nominated for "Best Contemporary Classical Composition" for her work, "Orange," on the Attacca Quartet's album; and the Heritage Piano Trio's album was nominated for "Best-Engineered Album, Classical."

In the category of "Best Orchestral Performance," nominations went to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Gustavo Dudamel; the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and conductor Louis Langrée; the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and conductor Manfred Honeck; the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and conductor Leonard Slatkin; and the City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Kremerata Baltica and conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla.

Here is a list with links to those Grammy-nominated recordings:

Marsalis: Violin Concerto, Fiddle Dance Suite
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Philadelphia Orchestra, Cristian Macelaru, conducting

Torke: Sky, Concerto for Violin
Tessa Lark, violin
Albany Symphony, David Alan Miller, conducting

BELOW: Tessa Lark performs Michael Torke: SKY, Movement 1, "Lively"

Across the Stars
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
John Williams composer/conductor

Rachmaninoff - Hermitage Piano Trio
Hermitage Piano Trio

Shaw: Orange
Attacca Quartet

Cerrone: The Pieces that Fall to Earth
Christopher Rountree & Wild Up

Freedom & Faith

Norman: Sustain
Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel, conducting

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louis Langrée conducting

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck, conducting

Copland: Billy the Kid; Grohg
Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin, conducting

Weinberg: Symphonies No. 2 & 21
City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Kremerata Baltica; Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla conducting

Nominees were selected from more than 20,000 submissions across 84 categories, including eight classical music categories and two classical production categories. The final round of GRAMMY voting is Dec. 9, 2019 – Jan. 3, 2020. The Recording Academy will present the GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 at Los Angeles' STAPLES Center, broadcast on the CBS Television Network. Click here for a complete list of Grammy nominations for 2020.

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November 22, 2019 at 02:12 PM · Congratulations to both of these talented musicians!

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