The 66th Annual Grammy Awards featured string players prominently in six categories


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The 66th Annual Grammy Awards took place on Sunday 4 January at the Arena in Los Angeles, CA, US, with numerous string-players winning their categories.

The category for Best Classical Compendium was won by Passion For Bach And Coltrane, a jazz and classical fusion oratorio composed and arranged by Jeffrey Scott. The album featured the Harlem Quartet, comprising violinists Ilmar Gavilán and Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky; the Alex Brown jazz trio, comprising pianist Alex Brown, double bassist Edward Perez and drummer Neal Smith; Imani Winds; and orator and poet A.B. Spellman. It was produced by Silas Brown and Mark Dover.

The categories for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album and Best Global Music Performance were won by As We Speak, a tapestry of Jazz, bluegrass, Indian and Western Classical music by banjo-player Béla Fleck, tabla-player Zakir Hussain and double bassist Edgar Meyer, featuring Indian flautist Rakesh Chaurasia.

Composer and violinist Jessie Montgomery won the category for the Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her work Rounds, performed by pianist Awadagin Pratt, A Far Cry chamber orchestra and the Roomful Of Teeth vocal ensemble.

The award for the Best Orchestral Performance went to conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Dante by Thomas Adès, a ballet score in three parts based on Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy.

Jazz singer, pianist and cellist Laufey won the award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for her album Bewitched, featuring the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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