Exploring The Classical Field Nominees

Go inside the nominations in the Classical Field categories for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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    Esa-Pekka Salonen
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    Neeme Järvi
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    Claudio Abbado
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    Osmo Vänskä
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    Simon Rattle
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    Thomas Adès
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    Oliver Knussen
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    Tõnu Kaljuste
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    Christian Thielemann
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    Colin Davis
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    Harry Christophers
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    Hélène Grimaud
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    Sol Gabetta
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    New York Polyphony
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    Patricia Kopatchinskaja
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    Evelyn Glennie
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    Gloria Cheng
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    Yefim Bronfman
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    Leila Josefowicz
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    Maria João Pires
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    Joyce DiDonato
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    Cecilia Bartoli
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    Christoph Prégardien
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    Jonas Kaufmann
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    Dawn Upshaw
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    Christoph Eschenbach
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    Magnus Lindberg
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    Arvo Pärt
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    Maria Schneider
January 08, 2014 -- 4:47 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 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

GRAMMY-winning conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Classical Field with three nominations. Conductors Neeme Järvi and Tõnu Kaljuste, producer Ulrich Ruscher, and composer Caroline Shaw follow with two nominations each. Returning nominees seeking their first GRAMMY win include composers Magnus Lindberg and Arvo Pärt, conductors Thomas Adès, Harry Christophers, Peter Eötvös, Christoph Eschenbach, Oliver Knussen, and Osmo Vänskä, vocalists Albert Dohmen, Susan Gritton and Christoph Prégardien, cellist Sol Gabetta, violinist Leila Josefowicz, and pianist Maria João Pires.

Best Orchestral Performance

Neeme Järvi, conductor (Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra), Atterberg: Orchestral Works Vol. 1

Järvi has two nominations this year, marking the first GRAMMY nominations of his career.

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Lutosławski: Symphony No. 1

Salonen has three nominations this year, 10 prior GRAMMY nominations and one prior GRAMMY win.

Claudio Abbado, conductor (Orchestra Mozart), Schumann: Symphony No. 2; Overtures Manfred & Genoveva

Abbado has one nomination this year, 21 prior GRAMMY nominations and two prior GRAMMY wins.

Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra), Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

Vänskä has one nomination this year and three prior GRAMMY nominations.

Simon Rattle, conductor (Berliner Philharmoniker), Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps

Rattle has one nomination this year, 16 prior GRAMMY nominations and three prior GRAMMY wins.

Best Opera Recording

Thomas Adès, conductor; Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna & Alan Oke; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus), Adès: The Tempest

Adès has one nomination this year and two prior GRAMMY nominations. Keenlyside has one nomination this year, four prior GRAMMY nominations and one prior GRAMMY win. Leonard, Luna and Oke have one nomination each this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of their respective careers. Saks has two nominations this year, including Producer Of The Year, Classical, 49 prior GRAMMY nominations and 12 prior wins.

Oliver Knussen, conductor; Ian Bostridge, Peter Coleman-Wright, Susan Gritton & Angelika Kirchschlager; John Fraser, producer (Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble), Britten: The Rape Of Lucretia

Knussen has one nomination this year and four prior GRAMMY nominations. Bostridge has one nomination this year, 11 prior GRAMMY nominations and two prior GRAMMY wins. Coleman-Wright has one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of his career. Gritton has one nomination this year and one prior GRAMMY nomination. Kirchschlager has one nomination this year, two prior GRAMMY nominations and one prior GRAMMY win. Fraser has one nomination this year, 15 prior GRAMMY nominations and two prior wins.

Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor; Anna Einarsson & Johannes Weisser; Morten Lindberg, producer (Trondheim Symphony Orchestra; Trondheim Symphony Orchestra Vocal Ensemble), Kleiberg: David & Bathsheba

Kaljuste has two nominations this year and two prior GRAMMY nominations. Einarsson and Weisser have one nomination each this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of their respective careers. Lindberg has three nominations this year and nine prior GRAMMY nominations.

Diego Fasolis, conductor; Valer Barna-Sabadus, Daniel Behle, Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli & Philippe Jaroussky; Ulrich Ruscher, producer (Concerto Köln; Coro Della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Lugano), Vinci: Artaserse

Fasolis, Barna-Sabadus, Behle, Cencic, and Fagioli have one nomination each this year, marking the first GRAMMY nominations of their respective careers. Jaroussky has one nomination this year and one prior GRAMMY nomination. Ruscher has two nominations this year and two prior GRAMMY nominations.

Christian Thielemann, conductor; Katarina Dalayman, Albert Dohmen, Stephen Gould, Eric Halfvarson & Linda Watson; Othmar Eichinger, producer (Orchester Der Wiener Staatsoper; Chor Der Wiener Staatsoper), Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen

Thielemann, Dalayman, Gould, Halfvarson, Watson, and Eichinger have one nomination each this year, marking the first GRAMMY nominations of their respective careers. Dohmen has one nomination this year and one prior GRAMMY nomination.

Best Choral Performance

Colin Davis, conductor (Barry Banks; London Symphony Orchestra; London Philharmonic Choir & London Symphony Chorus), Berlioz: Grande Messe Des Morts

Davis has one nomination this year, 33 prior GRAMMY nominations and 10 prior GRAMMY wins.

Harry Christophers, conductor (The Sixteen), Palestrina: Volume 3

Christophers has one nomination this year and three prior GRAMMY nominations.

Neeme Järvi, conductor; Adrian Partington, chorus master (Amanda Roocroft; BBC National Orchestra Of Wales; BBC National Chorus Of Wales), Parry: Works For Chorus & Orchestra

Järvi has two nominations this year, marking the first GRAMMY nominations of his career. Partington has one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of his career.

Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor (Tui Hirv & Rainer Vilu; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Sinfonietta Riga & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Latvian Radio Choir & Vox Clamantis), Pärt: Adam's Lament

Kaljuste has two nominations this year and two prior GRAMMY nominations.

James Jordan, conductor (Arianna Zukerman; The Lincoln Trio; Westminster Williamson Voices), Whitbourn: Annelies

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

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Leonidas Kavakos & Enrico Pace, Beethoven: Violin Sonatas

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

Vicki Ray, William Winant, Aron Kallay & Tom Peters, Cage: The 10,000 Things

Kallay, Peters, Ray, and Winant have one nomination each this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of their respective careers.

Hélène Grimaud & Sol Gabetta, Duo

Grimaud has one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of her career. Gabetta has one nomination this year and one prior GRAMMY nomination.

Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth, Roomful Of Teeth

Wells and Roomful Of Teeth have one nomination each this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of their respective careers.

New York Polyphony, Times Go By Turns

New York Polyphony have one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of their career.

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Patricia Kopatchinskaja; Peter Eötvös, conductor (Ensemble Modern & Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), Bartók, Eötvös & Ligeti

Kopatchinskaja has one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of her career. Eötvös has one nomination this year and two prior GRAMMY nominations.

Evelyn Glennie; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony), Corigliano: Conjurer — Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra

Glennie has one nomination this year, four prior GRAMMY nominations and one prior GRAMMY win. Miller has one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of his career.

Gloria Cheng (Calder Quartet), The Edge Of Light

Cheng has one nomination this year, one prior GRAMMY nomination and one prior GRAMMY win.

Yefim Bronfman; Alan Gilbert, conductor (New York Philharmonic), Lindberg: Piano Concerto No. 2

Bronfman has one nomination this year, six prior GRAMMY nominations and one prior GRAMMY win. Gilbert has one nomination this year, two prior GRAMMY nominations and one prior GRAMMY win.

Leila Josefowicz; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra), Salonen: Violin Concerto; Nyx

Josefowicz has one nomination this year and two prior GRAMMY nominations, including one with the Fred Sherry String Quartet. Salonen has three nominations this year, 10 prior GRAMMY nominations and one prior GRAMMY win.

Maria João Pires, Schubert: Piano Sonatas D. 845 & D. 960

Pires has one nomination this year and two prior GRAMMY nominations.

Best Classical Vocal Solo

Joyce DiDonato (Alan Curtis; Il Complesso Barocco), Drama Queens

DiDonato has one nomination this year, three prior GRAMMY nominations and one prior GRAMMY win.

Cecilia Bartoli (Diego Fasolis; Philippe Jaroussky; I Barocchisti), Mission

Bartoli has one nomination this year, 13 prior GRAMMY nominations and five prior GRAMMY wins.

Christoph Prégardien (Michael Gees), Schubert: Winterreise

Prégardien has one nomination this year and one prior GRAMMY nomination.

Jonas Kaufmann (Donald Runnicles; Markus Brück; Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin; Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin), Wagner

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

Dawn Upshaw (Maria Schneider; Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough & Scott Robinson; Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra), Winter Morning Walks

Upshaw has one nomination this year, six prior GRAMMY nominations and four prior GRAMMY wins.

Best Classical Compendium

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor, Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik

Eschenbach has one nomination this year and one prior GRAMMY nomination.

Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor; Preben Iwan, producer, Holmboe: Concertos

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

Maxim Rysanov; Manfred Eicher, producer, Tabakova: String Paths

Rysanov has one nomination this year, marking the first GRAMMY nomination of his career.  Eicher has two nominations this year, including Producer Of The Year, Classical, 10 prior GRAMMY nominations and two prior GRAMMY wins.

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Magnus Lindberg, composer (Yefim Bronfman, Alan Gilbert & New York Philharmonic), Lindberg, Magnus: "Piano Concerto No. 2"

Lindberg has one nomination this year and one prior GRAMMY nomination.

Arvo Pärt, composer (Tõnu Kaljuste, Latvian Radio Choir, Vox Clamantis & Sinfonietta Riga), Pärt, Arvo: "Adam's Lament"

Pärt has one nomination this year and six prior GRAMMY nominations.

Esa-Pekka Salonen, composer (Leila Josefowicz, Esa-Pekka Salonen & Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra), Salonen, Esa-Pekka: "Violin Concerto"

Salonen has three nominations this year, 10 prior GRAMMY nominations and one prior GRAMMY win.

Maria Schneider, composer (Dawn Upshaw, Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough, Scott Robinson & Australian Chamber Orchestra), Schneider, Maria: "Winter Morning Walks"

Schneider has one nomination this year, nine prior GRAMMY nominations and two prior GRAMMY wins.

Caroline Shaw, composer (Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth), Shaw, Caroline: "Partita For 8 Voices"

Shaw has two nominations this year, marking the first GRAMMY nominations of her career.  

Who will take home the awards in the Classical Field categories? Tune in to the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2014, 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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