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St. Louis Symphony basks in violinist’s Grammy nomination

Dec 6, 2016

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra can claim some of the glory in a Grammy Awards nomination announced today.

Violinist Leila Josefowicz was nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for her performance on John Adams' Scheherazade.2,  in a February 2016 recording with the SLSO. Music Director David Robertson conducted the performance.

In a September 2016 review, NPR said the piece was “masterfully illuminated by conductor David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.”

Composer John Adams talks with Symphony music director David Robertson at Powell Hall.
Credit DilipVishwanat

The SLSO is not directly nominated for this award. The Symphony has been nominated at least 57 times and has won seven Grammys, most recently in 2015.

The full list of Best Classical Instrumental Solo nominations has another tie to the Symphony. Violinist Gil Shaham is the brother of Robertson’s wife Orli Shaham. He is among the nominees for his performance on “1930's Violin Concertos, Vol. 2."

Here’s the full list of nominees in that category:

  • “Adams, J.: Scheherazade.2” — Leila Josefowicz; David Robertson, conductor (Chester Englander; St. Louis Symphony)
  • “Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway” — Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony)
  • “Dvořák: Violin Concerto & Romance; Suk: Fantasy” — Christian Tetzlaff; John Storgårds, conductor (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • “Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vols. 8 & 9” - Kristian Bezuidenhout
  • “1930's Violin Concertos, Vol. 2” - Gil Shaham; Stéphane Denève, conductor (The Knights & Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra)

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. 

Watch composer John Adams and violinist Leila Josefowicz discuss Scheherazade.2 and see part of a performance with the New York Philharmonic.

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