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YSM faculty, alums nominated for GRAMMY Awards

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Please join us in congratulating the Yale School of Music faculty and alums who were nominated for GRAMMY Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The winners of the 2023 GRAMMY Awards will be announced on Sunday, Feb. 5.

Composer Andy Akiho ’11MM was nominated in the “Best Contemporary Classical Composition” category for a recording of Ligneous Suite, which was recorded by percussionist Ian Rosenbaum ’10MM ’11AD and the Dover Quartet.

Saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom ’76BA ’77MM was nominated for Picturing the Invisible: Focus 1. The album, which features music by Bloom, who also co-produced the recording, was nominated in the “Best Immersive Audio Album” category.

Violinists Irene Cheng ’94MM and Louis Lev ’90MM were nominated as members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for a recording, conducted by Manfred Honeck, of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony and Steven Stucky’s Silent Spring. The album was nominated in the “Best Engineered Album, Classical” category. Joyce Jacob ’14BA ’15MM is an assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Violinists Jin-Shan Dai ’04, Jung Eun Kang ’18MM ’19MMA, and Edith Markman ’73MM were nominated as members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a recording, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, of Dvořák’s Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth symphonies. The album was nominated in the “Best Orchestral Performance” category. Paolo Bortolameolli ’13MM is an associate conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Violinist Sheila Fiekowsky ’75MM and cellist Owen Young ’86BA ’87MM were nominated as members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for a recording, conducted by John Williams and featuring soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter, of Williams’ Second Violin Concerto and Selected Film Themes. The album was nominated in the “Best Engineered Album, Classical” category.

Flutist Jake Fridkis ’14MM ’AD15 was nominated for his work as a writer and producer on DJ Khaled's album God Did. The album was nominated in the "Best Rap Album" category.

YSM faculty tubist Carol Jantsch and cellist Alexander Veltman ’90MM were nominated as members of the Philadelphia Orchestra for a recording titled Letter from the Future featuring Contact by composer Kevin Puts ’99MM. The recording also features the trio Time for Three and was conducted by Xian Zhang. The album was nominated in the “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” category, for Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto 4-3, and in the “Best Contemporary Classical Composition” category.

Guitarist Ji Yeon “JIJI” Kim ’17MM was nominated as a member of Wild Up for a recording titled Eastman: Stay On It, featuring music by Julius Eastman. The recording, which was conducted by Christopher Rountree, was nominated in the “Best Orchestral Performance” category.

Double-bassist Daniel Krekeler ’99MM was nominated as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for two recordings in the “Best Opera Recording” category: a performance of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and a performance of Terrance Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Krekeler was also nominated as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for a recording titled Verdi’s Requiem: The Met Remembers 9/11, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The recording, which features tenor Matthew Polenzani ’94MM, was nominated in the “Best Choral Performance” category. All three recordings also feature bass Tyler Simpson ’10MM, a member of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, and baritone Maksim Zhdanovskikh ’00MM, an extra chorister.

Clarinetist Seunghee Lee ’92MM ’94AD was nominated for a recording titled Aspire, which features composer and bandoneonist J.P. Jofre. The recording, which was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Enrico Fagone, was nominated in the “Best Classical Compendium” category.

Bassoonist Dennis Michel ’77MM was nominated as a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a recording of Mason Bates’ Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra. The recording, which was conducted by Edwin Outwater, was nominated in the “Best Engineered Album, Classical” category.

Conductor Doug Perkins ’00MM ’01AD was nominated for a recording of John Luther Adams’ Sila: The Breath of the World. The recording was performed by musicians from the Department of Chamber Music at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the school’s percussion ensemble. The recording was nominated in the “Best Orchestral Performance” category. 

Violinist Dominic Salerni ’11MM was nominated as a member of the Attacca Quartet for 2+2=5, a recording with singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Becca Stevens and arranged by Stevens and Attacca violist/composer-arranger Nathan Schram. The recoding was nominated in the “Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals” category. Salerni was also nominated as a member of the Attacca Quartet for a recording titled Evergreen, featuring music by composer Caroline Shaw ’07MM. That album was nominated in the “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance” category.

Violinist Edson Scheid ’11MM ’12AD was nominated as a member of Il Pomo D’Oro for a recording titled Eden, featuring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev. The recording was nominated in the “Best Classical Solo Vocal Album” category.

David Skidmore ’08MM was nominated as a member of Third Coast Percussion for a recording titled Perspectives, which was nominated in the “Best Engineered Album, Classical” and “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance” categories.