Higdon’s Viola Concerto earns her two trophies at 60th Grammy Awards with Kopatchinskaja’s the only one for a classical string player

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja photographed for the Death & The Maiden album on Alpha Classics

The 2018 Grammy Awards ceremony, which took place on 28 January, saw American composer Jennifer Higdon receive two awards for her Viola concerto, as recorded by Roberto Díaz with the Nashville Symphony for Naxos. She won the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category for the concerto as well as Best Classical Compendium for the album it features on.

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Jennifer Higdon

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In the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category, Patricia Kopatchinskaja won for her Death & The Maiden  album with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on Alpha Classics.

Higdon will be adding the two trophies to an already impressive collection of awards, including the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her Violin Concerto, written for Hilary Hahn.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Death and the Maiden album trailer:

Jennifer Higdon - Viola Concerto (audio):