The US trio Time For Three scooped two awards at last night’s ceremony

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The 65th annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles on Sunday 5 February. In a ceremony where Beyoncé won her record-breaking 32nd award, string players featured prominently in the classical accolades.

The trio Time For Three won two awards for Best Classical Instrumental Solo and Best Contemporary Classical Composition, the former for the album Letters for the Future and the latter for the triple concerto Contact by Kevin Puts. Both were conducted by Xian Zhang and accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Comprising violinists Nick Kendall and Charles Yang, and double bassist Ranaan Meyer, Time For Three released Letters for the Future in June 2022 on Deutsche Grammophon, with subsequent performances of album works throughout the US that summer.

The Attacca Quartet won the award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, for its recording Evergreen by Caroline Shaw. The award for Best Orchestral Performance went to Michael Repper and the New York Youth Symphony for their Works by Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery, Valerie Coleman,  marking the first time the category has been won by a youth orchestra, with members ranging in age from 12 to 20.

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