Who Won 18 Grammys for Classical Music?
- Grammy Awards
- The Winners
- The Losers
We take a look at the life and work of the incredible composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, who won 18 Grammy Awards for his classical music.
The Grammy Awards are music’s highest honor. They are awarded annually by the Recording Academy and recognize the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the year. The 18 Grammys for classical music were won by a mix of established and up-and-coming artists.
Grammy Awards for Classical Music
The Grammy Awards are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. They are given to recognize achievements in the music industry, and they are considered to be the highest honor that a musician can receive. There are many different categories of Grammy Awards, and each year, a different group of musicians is honored.
One of the most prestigious Grammy Awards is the Grammy Award for Best Classical Music Performance. This award is given to a musician or ensemble who has made an outstanding contribution to classical music. It is one of the few Grammy Awards that is not given out every year, but only when there is a worthy recipient.
This year, there were 18 different Grammy Awards given out for classical music. These awards went to musicians from all over the world, and they represent some of the best in the genre. Here is a complete list of the winners:
– Best Orchestral Performance: “Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11,” issued by Decca Classics/L’Oiseau-Lyre
– Best Opera Recording: “Donizetti: Maria Stuarda,” issued by Decca Classics/L’Oiseau-Lyre
– Best Choral Performance: “Stravinsky: Les Noces,” issued by Harmonia Mundi/Pierre Boulez Saal
– Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “Beethoven: The Late String Quartets,” issued by Deutsche Grammophon/Alpha Classics
– Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: “Bach Arias,” issued by Decca Classics/L’Oiseau-Lyre
– Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Tavener: The Protecting Veil,” composed by John Tavener and performed by Steven Osborne, released on Hyperion Records
– Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3,” performed by Yefim Bronfman and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, released on Sony Classical
– Best Classical Compendium: “The Goldberg Variations – The Complete work for Keyboard (Bach BWV 988),” released on Deutsche Grammophon/Deutsche Harmonia Mundi
– Producer of the Year, Classical: John Cornell
Grammy Awards for Contemporary Music
Since the early 2000s, the Grammy Awards for Contemporary Music have been presented to recording artists who create contemporary classical music. The award is given in two categories: Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Performance.
The Grammy Awards for Contemporary Music were first presented in 2001. The award is given in two categories: Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Performance. In order to be eligible, the music must have been written within the last 25 years and must not be based on an older composition.
The Grammy Awards for Contemporary Music were created to recognizes artists who are pushing the boundaries of classical music and creating new sounds that appeal to contemporary audiences.
There were many winners at the 18 Grammy Awards for Classical Music. The winner for Best Opera Recording was “The Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart. The winner for Best Choral Performance was “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Rutter. The winner for Best Orchestral Performance was “The Planets – An HD Odyssey” by Holst. And the list goes on.
The Winners of the Grammy Awards for Classical Music
Winners of the Grammy Awards for Classical Music Recordings were announced on March 14. The ceremony will be televised on CBS on Sunday, April 3. Some of the winners include:
Best Orchestral Performance:
Paavo Järvi, conductor (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra); for Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 & 2
Best Opera Recording:
Sir Neville Marriner, conductor (Academy of St Martin in the Fields); for Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Best Choral Performance:
Bryn Terfel; for Bach: Mass in B Minor
The Winners of the Grammy Awards for Contemporary Music
The Grammy Awards for Contemporary Music were first presented in 2013, and are given to contemporary classical music composers and performers. The winners in each category are listed below.
– Best Contemporary Classical Composition: John Luther Adams – “become ocean”
– Best Contemporary Classical Performance: Eighth Blackbird – [“Some dragons”](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnCmSjzt0Xk)
– Best chamber music/small ensemble performance: So Percussion – “[Office](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IBLIy4J4ts)”
This is a list of all the classical music artists who have won 18 or more Grammy Awards. As of 2020, there have been 133 Grammy Awards ceremonies. The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959, to honor and recognize the accomplishments of those who had participated in the recording industry the previous year. The most recent Grammy Awards ceremony was held on January 26, 2020.
The Losers of the Grammy Awards for Classical Music
In the last few years, several big names in the classical music world have been passed over for Grammy Awards. Here are some of the most notable “losers” in recent years.
1. Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov is one of the most celebrated classical pianists of our time, but he has yet to take home a Grammy. He has been nominated three times, most recently in 2018 for his album “Transcendental.”
2. Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sergei Rachmaninoff is one of the most popular composers of all time, but only one of his works has ever won a Grammy: his “Symphonic Dances,” which won in the Best Classical Compendium category in 2002.
3. Gustav Mahler
Gustav Mahler is another hugely popular composer whose work has been largely ignored by the Grammys. His only win came posthumously, when his Symphony No. 9 won in the Best Orchestral Performance category in 1996.
4. Richard Strauss
Richard Strauss is yet another prominent composer whose work has been snubbed by the Grammys. He has only won two awards: one for his “Don Quixote” in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category in 1998, and one for his “Ein Heldenleben” in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category in 2000.
The Losers of the Grammy Awards for Contemporary Music
The Grammy Awards for Contemporary Music were first given out in the early 1990s, and they are given to classical music artists who have released a recording within the past 25 years. The nominees are determined by a committee of experts, and the winner is chosen by a vote of the Recording Academy’s members.
In recent years, the award has been given to some very deserving artists, including Leila Josefowicz, Hélène Grimaud, and Daniil Trifonov. However, there have been some surprising losers over the years as well. Here are some of the most notable:
-Erik Satie: One of the most innovative and influential composers of the 20th century, Satie was nominated for his posthumous album “Avant-dernières pensées.” He lost to Isaac Stern’s “The Complete Bach Solo Violin Sonatas & Partitas.”
-Dmitri Shostakovich: One of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century, Shostakovich was nominated for his Symphony No. 14. He lost to Leonard Bernstein’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.
-Anton Bruckner: Another highly respected composer from the 19th century, Bruckner was nominated for his Symphony No. 9 in D Minor. He lost to Leonard Bernstein’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor.
-Sergei Rachmaninoff: Widely considered one of the greatest pianists of all time, Rachmaninoff was nominated for his recorded performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor Opus 23. He lost to Yundi Li’s recording of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor Opus 21.