Kim Kashkashian won the award for Best Classical Instrumental
Solo at the 2013 Grammy awards. The viola player received the
honour on 10 February for her recording Kurtág & Ligeti:
Music for Viola, which pairs György Kurtág’s Signs, Games
and Messages with György Ligeti’s Sonata for Solo Viola.
The CD was featured as one of The Strad’s recommendations in December 2012. The review said that Kashkashian had ‘internalised Kurtág’s concentrated scores – which can include more words of instruction than notes – so that in her hands they sound as natural as a nursery rhyme’. In the performance of Ligeti’s Sonata, according to the review, Kashkashian reached ‘almost unbearable heights of expressiveness’.
Jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding won two awards: her album Radio Music Society was recognised for Best Jazz Vocal Album and the track ‘City of Roses’ received the award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist. The album features Spalding performing on double bass and bass guitar, as well as singing.