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Curtis Alumni and Faculty Among 2021 Grammy Nominees

Eric Owens, Richard Danielpour, J’Nai Bridges, and the Dover Quartet have received nominations.

Grammy awardThe nominees for the 2021 GRAMMY Awards were announced on November 24. Among those honored are several celebrated faculty and alumni of Curtis who are in the front rank of soloists, composers, and instrumentalists worldwide.

Eric Owens, a 1995 graduate and director of vocal studies and the Curtis Opera Theatre, is nominated for Best Opera Recording for his leading role in Porgy and Bess with the Metropolitan Opera. 

Faculty member Richard Danielpour has received a nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his work, The Passion of Yeshuah. A performance of the same work by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, with opera alumna J’Nai Bridges as a soloist, is also nominated for Best Choral Performance.

Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence the Dover Quartet is nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance in recognition of its recording, The Schumann Quartets.

Several Curtis alumni are also members of the ensembles nominated for Best Orchestral Performance and the ensembles in supporting roles across many categories.

The Philadelphia Inquirer summed up other musicians representing the Philadelphia area in a recent article.

Congratulations to all of the nominees!




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