Exploring The Classical Field Nominees

Go inside the nominations in the Classical Field categories for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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    Fabio Luisi conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Eighth Blackbird
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    Michael Tilson Thomas
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    Iván Fischer
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    Valery Gergiev
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    Vladimir Jurowski
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    Jordi Savall
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    James Levine
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    Julian Wachner
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    Charles Bruffy
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    András Schiff
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    Natalie Dessay
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    Joyce DiDonato
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    Ute Lemper
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    Renée Fleming
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    Anne Sofie Von Otter
January 09, 2013 -- 4:31 pm PST
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You've seen the list of nominees, now take a closer look at the artists nominated in the Classical Field categories for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

This year’s classical nominations feature first-time nominees such as conductors Michael Boder, Iván Fischer, Carlos Kalmar, Fabio Luisi, and Vladimir Jurowski, instrumentalists Jory Vinikours and Hansjörg Albrecht, and composers Tania León and Steven Stucky. Returning nominees seeking their first GRAMMY include conductor Hervé Niquet, composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, instrumentalist Kim Kashkashian, and vocalist Ute Lemper. Those looking to add to their GRAMMY-winning career totals include conductors Charles Bruffy and James Levine, producer Jay David Saks, vocalists Joyce DiDonato and Renée Fleming, and instrumentalist András Schiff.

Best Orchestral Performance

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony), Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast Machine

Wachner has one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of his career.

Charles Bruffy, conductor (Matthew Gladden, Lindsey Lang, Rebecca Lloyd, Sarah Tannehill & Pamela Williamson; Kansas City Chorale), Life & Breath — Choral Works By René Clausen

Bruffy has one nomination this year. He has five prior GRAMMY nominations and one win.

Peter Eötvös, conductor (Barbara Hannigan & Susan Parry; WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln; SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart & WDR Rundfunkchor Köln), Ligeti: Requiem; Apparitions; San Francisco Polyphony

Eötvös has one nomination this year. He has one prior GRAMMY nomination.

Stephen Layton, conductor (Michala Petri; Danish National Vocal Ensemble), The Nightingale

Layton has one nomination this year. He has three prior GRAMMY nominations.

Hervé Niquet, conductor (Le Concert Spirituel), Striggio: Mass For 40 & 60 Voices

Niquet has one nomination this year. He has one prior GRAMMY nomination.

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Modern Mandolin Quartet, Americana

This year marks the first GRAMMY nomination for the Modern Mandolin Qartet.

Eighth Blackbird, Meanwhile

Eighth Blackbird have one nomination this year. They have two prior GRAMMY nominations and two wins.

ZOFO Duet, Mind Meld

This year marks the first GRAMMY nomination for ZOFO Duet.

Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Profanes Et Sacrées

The Boston Symphony Chamber Players have one nomination this year. They have four prior GRAMMY nominations and one win.

Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Rupa-Khandha

This year marks the first nomination for the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet.

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

András Schiff, Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Clavier

Schiff has one nomination this year. He has seven prior GRAMMY nominations and one win.

Jory Vinikour, The Complete Harpsichord Works Of Rameau

Vinikour has one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of his career.

Claudio Cruz, conductor; Antonio Meneses (Northern Sinfonia), Gál & Elgar: Cello Concertos

Cruz has one nomination this year, marking the first nomination of his career. Meneses has one nomination this year. He has one prior GRAMMY nomination as part of the Beaux Arts Trio.

Hansjörg Albrecht, Holst: The Planets

Albrecht has one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of his career.

Kim Kashkashian, Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola

Kashkashian has one nomination this year. She has three prior GRAMMY nominations.

Best Classical Vocal Solo

Natalie Dessay (Henri Chalet; Philippe Cassard, Karine Deshayes & Catherine Michel; Le Jeune Coeur De Paris), Debussy: Clair De Lune

Dessay has one nomination this year. She has four prior GRAMMY nominations.

Joyce DiDonato (Michael Stern; Kansas City Symphony), Homecoming — Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato

DiDonato has one nomination this year. She has two prior GRAMMY nominations and one win.

Ute Lemper (Stefan Malzew & Vogler Quartet), Paris Days, Berlin Nights

Lemper has one nomination this year. She has one prior GRAMMY nomination.

Renée Fleming (Alan Gilbert & Seiji Ozawa; Orchestre National De France & Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France), Poèmes

Fleming has one nomination this year. She has 14 prior GRAMMY nominations and three wins.

Anne Sofie Von Otter (Leonardo García Alarcón; Sandrine Piau & Susanna Sundberg; Ensemble Cappella Mediterranea)

Von Otter has one nomination this year. She has 21 prior GRAMMY nominations and three wins.

Best Classical Compendium

Partch, ensemble; John Schneider, producer, Partch: Bitter Music

Partch and Schneider have one nomination each this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of their respective careers.

Antoni Wit, conductor; Aleksandra Nagórko & Andrzej Sasin, producers, Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis

Nagórko and Sasin have one nomination each this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of their respective careers.

Emmanuelle Haïm, conductor; Daniel Zalay, producer, Une Fête Baroque

Zalay has one nomination this year. He has four prior GRAMMY nominations and one win.

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Stephen Hartke, composer (Eighth Blackbird), "Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile — Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays"

Hartke has one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of his career.

Tania León, composer (Tania León, Son Sonora Voices, DanceBrazil Percussion & Son Sonora Ensemble), León, Tania: Inura For Voices, Strings & Percussion

León has one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of her career.

Ugis Praulins, composer (Stephen Layton, Michala Petri & Danish National Vocal Ensemble), Praulins, Ugis: The Nightingale

Praulins has one nomination this year, marking the first nomination of his career.

Einojuhani Rautavaara, composer (Truls Mørk, John Storgårds & Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra), Rautavaara, Einojuhani: Cello Concerto No. 2 'Towards The Horizon'

Rautavaara has one nomination this year. He has one prior GRAMMY nomination.

Steven Stucky, composer; Gene Scheer, librettist (Jaap Van Zweden, Dallas Symphony Chorus & Orchestra), Stucky, Steven: August 4, 1964

Stucky has one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of his career.

Who will take home the awards in the Classical Field categories? Tune in to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10, 2013, taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and airing live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). 

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