Winners

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Best Classical Contemporary Composition

 

61st Annual GRAMMY Awards (2018)
 

nominees

Heggie: Great Scott

Kernis: Violin Concerto

Mazzoli: Vespers For Violin

Bates: The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs

Du Yun: Air Glow

60th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2017)
 
winner

Viola Concerto

Jennifer Higdon, composer (Roberto Díaz, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)

59th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2016)
 
winner

Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway

Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)

58th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2015)
 
winner

Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances

Stephen Paulus, composer.

57th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2014)
 
winner

Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean

John Luther Adams, composer. (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)

56th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2013)
 
winner

Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks

Maria Schneider, composer.

Maria Schneider, composer.

55th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2012)
 
winner

Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile - Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays

Stephen Hartke, composer (Eighth Blackbird)

Stephen Hartke, composer.

54th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2011)
 
winner

Aldridge, Robert: Elmer Gantry

Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein

Herschel Garfein & Robert Aldridge, composers.

53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2010)
 
winner

Daugherty, Michael: Deus Ex Machina

Michael Daugherty (Giancarlo Guerrero)

Michael Daugherty, composer.

52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2009)
 
winner

Higdon, Jennifer: Percussion Concerto

Jennifer Higdon (Marin Alsop)

Jennifer Higdon, composer.

51st Annual GRAMMY Awards (2008)
 
winner

Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems Of Bob Dylan

JoAnn Falletta, Hila Plitmann & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

John Corigliano, composer.

50th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2007)
 
winner

Made In America

Leonard Slatkin & Nashville Symphony

Joan Tower, composer.

49th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2006)
 
winner

Golijov: Ainadamar: Fountain Of Tears

Robert Spano, Dawn Upshaw & Kelley O'Connor

Osvaldo Golijov, composer.

48th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2005)
 
winner

Bolcom: Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience

Leonard Slatkin, Joan Morris & Christine Brewer

William Bolcom, composer.

47th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2004)
 
winner

Adams: On The Transmigration Of Souls

Lorin Maazel

John Adams, composer. Lawrence L. Rock, engineer/mixer. John Adams & Lawrence L. Rock, producers.

46th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2003)
 
winner

Argento: Casa Guidi

Frederica von Stade

Dominick Argento, composer.

45th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2002)
 
winner

Tavener: Lamentations & Praises

Joseph Jennings & Chanticleer

John Tavener, composer. Preston Smith, engineer. Steve Barnett, producer.

44th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2001)
 
winner

Rouse: Concert De Gaudí For Guitar & Orchestra

Sharon Isbin

Christopher Rouse, composer.

43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2000)
 
winner

Crumb: Star-Child

Susan Narucki, soprano; Thomas Conlin, conductor

George Crumb, composer.

42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1999)
 
winner
Pierre Boulez

Boulez: Répons

D. Vassilakis, Florent Boffard, Frederique Cambreling, Various Artists

Pierre Boulez, composer.

41st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1998)
 
winner

Penderecki: Violin Concerto No. 2 "Metamorphosen"

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Krzystof Penderecki, conductor

Krzysztof Penderecki, composer.

40th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1997)
 
winner

Adams: El Dorado

Kent Nagano, conductor

John Adams, composer.

39th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1996)
 
winner

Corigliano: String Quartet

Cleveland Quartet

John Corigliano, composer.

38th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1995)
 
winner

Messiaen: Concert A Quatre

Myung-Whun Chung, conductor; Various Artists

Olivier Messiaen, composer.

37th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1994)
 
winner

Albert: Cello Concerto

Yo-Yo Ma & David Zinman

Stephen Albert, composer.

36th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1993)
 
winner

Carter: Violin Concerto

Oliver Knussen, conductor

Elliott Carter, composer.

35th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1992)
 
winner

Barber: The Lovers

Andrew Schenck, conductor

Samuel Barber, composer.

34th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1991)
 
winner

Corigliano: Symphony No. 1

Daniel Barenboim, conductor

John Corigliano, composer.

33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1990)
 
winner

Bernstein: Arias & Barcarolles

William Sharp, Judy Kaye, Michael Barret & Steve Blier

Leonard Bernstein, composer.

32nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1989)
 
winner

Reich: Different Trains

Kronos Quartet

Steve Reich, composer.

31st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1988)
 
winner

Adams: Nixon In China

Edo de Waart, conductor; Various Artists

John Adams, composer.

30th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1987)
 
winner

Penderecki: Cello Concerto No. 2

Mstislav Rostropovich, cello; Penderecki, conductor

Krzysztof Penderecki, composer.

29th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1986)
 
winner

Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 3

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Witold Lutoslawski, composer.

28th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1985)
 
winner

Lloyd Webber: Requiem

Placido Domingo & Sarah Brightman

Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer.

27th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1984)
 
winner

Barber: Antony And Cleopatra

Christian Badea, conductor

Samuel Barber, composer.

8th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1965)
 
winner

Ives: Symphony No. 4

Leopold Stokowski, conductor

Charles Ives, composer.

7th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1964)
 
winner

Barber: Piano Concerto

John Browning

Samuel Barber, composer.

6th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1963)
 
winner

Britten: War Requiem

Lord Benjamin Britten, conductor

Benjamin Britten, composer.

5th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1962)
 
winner

Stravinsky: The Flood

Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky, composer.

4th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1961)
 
winner

Stravinsky: Movements For Piano And Orchestra

Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky, composer. (TIE)

winner

Almeida: Discantus

Laurindo Almeida

Laurindo Almeida, composer. (TIE)

3rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1960)
 
winner

Copland: Orchestral Suite From Tender Land Suite

Aaron Copland, conductor

Aaron Copland, composer.