Nominees for 59th Grammy Awards Released

The 2017 Grammy nominees have been announced, and there are, of course, a number of string players in the mix. Here are some highlights:

Best Orchestral Performance

Bates: Works for Orchestra. San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, cond. (SFS Media)

Ibert: Orchestral Works. Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi, cond. (Chandos)

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 100. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, cond. (RCO)

Rouse: Odna Zhizn; Symphonies 3 & 4; Prospero’s Rooms. New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, cond. (Dacapo Records)

Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow—Symphonies Nos. 5, 8, and 9. Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, cond. (Deutsche Grammophon)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Fitelberg: Chamber Works. ARC Ensemble (Chandos)

Reflections. Øyvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene (Lyndberg Lyd)

Serious Business. Spektral Quartet (Sono Luminus)

Trios from Our Homelands. Lincoln Trio (Cedille Records)


Best Classical Instrumental Solo

John Adams: Scheherazade.2. Leila Josefowicz, violin (Nonesuch)

Daugherty: Tales of Hemingway. Zuill Bailey, cello (Naxos)

Dvorak: Violin Concerto & Romance; Suk: Fantasy. Christian Tetzlaff, violin (Ondine)

1930s Violin Concertos, Vol. 2. Gil Shaham, violin (Canary Classics)

Best Bluegrass Album

Coming Home. The O’Connor Band (Rounder Records)

Burden Bearer. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, with Stephen Burwell on fiddle (Mountain Home Music Company)

The Hazel and Alice Sessions. Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands (Spruce and Maple Music)

North by South. Claire Lynch, with Bryan McDowell on fiddle (Compass Records)

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Book of Intuition. Kenny Barron Trio, with Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass (Impulse!)

Sunday Night at the Vanguard. The Fred Hersch Trio, with John Hébert on bass (Palmetto Records)

Other string-related nominees include:

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Bill Frisell’s When You Wish Upon a Star, with Eyvind Kang on viola and Thomas Morgan on bass

Best New Age Album: Cellist Tina Guo and pianist Peter Kater for Inner Passion

Best Folk Album: Fiddler, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens for Factory Girl

Best American Roots Performance: Fiddler, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens for “Factory Girl”

Best Americana Album: The Time Jumpers for Kid Sister

Best American Roots Song: The Time Jumpers for “Kid Sister”

Best World Music Album: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble for Sing Me Home

Best Music Film: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble for The Music of Strangers

For a complete list of Grammy nominees, visit