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Curtis Faculty and Alumni Among 2021 GRAMMY® Winners

Eric Owens, Pacifica Quartet, and nationwide orchestras receive top music industry honors

Congratulations to numerous Curtis alumni and faculty who were represented within every classical music category; and to the winners in Best Orchestral Performance, Best Opera Recording, and Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

View the complete results and watch the Premiere Ceremony at Grammy.com. Congratulations to all of the winners!



Porgy and Bess from the Metropolitan OperaFaculty member and bass-baritone Eric Owens (Opera ’95) has received a Grammy for Best Opera Recording for his title-role appearance in George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The award-winning recording was created with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, many of whom are also alumni. Watch excerpts.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic, which counts several Curtis alumni among its membership, has received the award for Best Orchestral Performance for Ives: Complete Symphonies, led by conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Listen on Amazon Music.

Contemporary Voices album coverThe Pacifica Quartet, including Mark Holloway (Viola ’05), has received the Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for its album Contemporary Voices. The album includes a work composed by faculty member Jennifer Higdon (Composition ’88). Listen online.

The Passion of Yeshua, a large-scale oratorio by composition faculty member Richard Danielpour, won in the Best Choral Performance category. The award-winning recording features mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges (Opera ’12) and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, which includes several Curtis alumni. Listen on Naxos.

Alumni members of the Albany Symphony appeared with violist Richard O’Neill in his recording of Christopher Theofanidis’s Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra, which received the Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo; while those of the Nashville Symphony performed Christopher Rouse’s Symphony No. 5 in the recording that won Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, also home to several alumni, appeared on the recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 “Babi Yar,” which garnered the award for Best Engineered Album, Classical for David Frost, Charlie Post, and Silas Brown.