Interlochen at the 2020 Grammy Awards

Interlochen alumni were nominated for the 2020 Grammy Awards in five categories.

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UPDATE (Jan. 26, 2020): Congrats to Cristian Măcelaru and Krista River on their respective Grammy wins! Jennifer Higdon's "Higdon: Harp Concerto" won Best Contemporary Classical Composition, which was written for Yolanda Kondonassis and conducted by Ward Stare.  

Nominations for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and ten Interlochen alumni are among the ranks of celebrated artists.

Newly announced World Youth Symphony Orchestra Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Cristian Măcelaru (IAA 97-99, IAC 98) received a nomination for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for the world-premiere recording of the Violin Concerto by American trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, performed by violinist Nicola Benedetti and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis (IAA 78-82) and Music Director Ward Stare (IAC 96) were also nominated in this category for their world-premiere recording of “Higdon: Harp Concerto” with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. You can hear a recent interview with Kondonassis and Ward on Interlochen Public Radio conducted prior to their nomination.

In the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category, Jannina Norpoth (IAC 91-93) received a nomination as a member of the PubliQuartet. Adrianne Pope (IAC 07), Andrew Tholl (IAC 97), and Margaret Hasspacher (AS 01-02) also received nominations as members of WildUP.

Soprano Kira Neary (IAC 15) was nominated as part of her work with The Crossing in the Best Choral Performance category. James Bass (IAA 89-91) earned his fourth Grammy nomination in this category for his work with Conspirare.

Mezzo-soprano Krista River (AS 86, 88) received her first nomination in the Best Opera Recording category for her work on Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Trumpeter Josh Deutsch (IAC 92-94, 96, 98, IAC St 02-03) received his second Grammy nomination for his work on the Terraza Big Band's debut album, One Day Wonder. The band's co-founder and bassist is fellow alum Edward Perez (IAC 91-92, IAA 93-96). The album is nominated in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will air Jan. 26, 2020 on CBS. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

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