Steinway & Sons is proud to extend congratulations to ten Steinway Artists who have earned a total of twelve 2014 Grammy Award nominations: Shelly Berg, Yefim Bronfman, Gloria Cheng, Christopher Eschenbach, Hélène Grimaud, Scott Healy, Fred Hersch, Vicki Ray, Regina Spektor, and Allen Toussaint.
Since 1958, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ Grammy Awards have recognized outstanding achievement in the music industry, and Steinway is proud to have a long tradition of representation in a wide range of musical categories. The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be held on January 26, 2014.
“The list of Steinway Artists who have earned nominations this year is one of the most diverse we have ever seen,” said Ron Losby, President of Steinway & Sons Americas. “It’s gratifying to see the Steinway name accompany these incredibly talented artists as they are recognized for their achievements. We are very proud of the entire group.”
Shelly Berg, Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist for his haunting arrangement of “What a Wonderful World” performed by Gloria Estefan and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra on the album Gloria Estefan: The Standards.
Yefim Bronfman, Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his performance of Mangus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Alan Gilbert. In his second Grammy nod this year, Bronfman is also included in the nomination of Marcus Lindberg in the category of Best Contemporary Classical Composition, also for Piano Concerto No. 2.
Gloria Cheng, Best Classical Instrumental Solo, for her program The Edge of Light in collaboration the Calder Quartet. The recording celebrates works by Olivier Messiaen and Kaija Saariaho. Cheng took home a Grammy award in the same category in 2009 for Piano Music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Stucky, and Witold Lutoslawski.
Christopher Eschenbach, Best Classical Compendium for his conduction of Hindemith: Violinknozert: Symphonic Metamorphosis; Knozertmusik. Eschenbach, who also serves as music director of both the National Symphony Orchestra and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, conducted the compendium to commemorate the anniversary of Paul Hindemith’s death 50 years ago.
Hélène Grimaud, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for Duo. Grimaud performed this duet with Sol Gabetta in a recital that brought audiences to their feet at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and has since been revered by critics for its energy and chemistry.
Scott Healy, Best Instrumental Composition for “Koko on the Boulevard” Hudson City Suite. Healy is well known as the keyboardist for the Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band on Conan. His “Koko” composition is a comically engaging jazz piece inspired by a dog chase.
Fred Hersch, Best Improvised Jazz Solo for “Song Without Words #4.” This live, madrigal-inspired recording features Hersch and guitar virtuoso Julian Lage in performance at New York’s legendary jazz venue the Kitano Hotel.
Vicki Ray, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for “Cage: The 10,000 Things.” Ray’s contribution to this recording of composer John Cage’s midcentury open-ensemble masterpiece showcases her signature intensity and fearless technique.
Regina Spektor, Best Song Written for Visual Media for “You’ve Got Time.” The track was composed for the new Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, a gripping, darkly comic portrayal of female prison life. This recording marks the first time that Spektor has written a television theme song.
Allen Toussaint, Best American Roots Song for “Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed” from his album Songbook, and a second nomination for Best American Album for the same work. When he was forced to relocate from New Orleans to New York after Hurricane Katrina, Toussaint was encouraged to do a series of solo gigs at Joe’s Pub in Greenwich Village. His performances over two nights were recorded for the Songbook album.
For a full listing of 2014 Grammy Award nominees, visit www.grammy.com/nominees.