The Seattle Symphony brought home a golden gramophone statue from the 58th Grammy Awards Monday night — the second Grammy in as many years. The Symphony won Best Classical Instrumental Solo for their recording of Dutilleux’s violin concerto, L’Arbes des Songes, performed by violinist Augustin Hadelich. The composition was recorded at Benaroya Hall in November, 2014, and is part of a 3-disc, multi-year recording project by Seattle Symphony Media of Dutilleux’s music, conducted by Seattle Symphony music director Ludovic Morlot. It was also nominated for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical.
Italian-born Hadelich, 31, has become one of the most sought-after violinists of his generation and returns to Seattle in March to play the Tchaikovsky concerto with the Symphony.
Last year, the Symphony was nominated six times, and won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition with John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean. The piece was commissioned by the orchestra, and taken to New York for a Carnegie Hall performance. Adams also won a Pulitzer prize for the composition. Pop star Taylor Swift was so impressed with the piece that she donated $50,000 to the Symphony’s education and musicians’ pension funds.
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