Each year New England Conservatory musicians working in a broad range of musical genres are recognized by their recording industry peers with Grammy Award nominations. On this page we have attempted to capture Grammy winners with NEC affiliations. The nominations for each year are usually announced in early December of that year, with winners announced in a live telecast approximately two months later.
(Read more about the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, which gives out the Grammy Awards.)
Grammy Award winners with NEC affiliations
announced 12 February 2017
Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song (title track), Best Alternative Album: Blackstar - David Bowie. Bowie's band on this album is led by Donny McCaslin of the faculty. Bowie died two days after the album's release, and McCaslin has been spokesperson and performer of this music since then. In addition to the performer awards, the album was also awarded Best Recording Package and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Best American Roots Performance (track "House of Mercy" and Best Folk Album: Undercurrent - Sarah Jarosz '13.
Best Orchestra Performance: Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow—Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9 - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, conductor. More than half of the BSO is composed of Conservatory faculty and alumni.
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Steve Reich - Third Coast Percussion. This quartet of percussionists includes Robert Dillon '04 M.M.
announced 15 February 2016
Best Orchestra Performance: Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow—Symphony No. 10 - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, conductor. More than half of the BSO is composed of Conservatory faculty and alumni.
announced 10 February 2013
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Love on Top - Beyoncé (performers on this recording include Cole Kamen-Green '07 and Josiah Woodson '06 M.M., trumpet; Nick Videen '05, tenor and alto saxophone; Drew Sayers '06, tenor and baritone saxophone; Alex Asher '07 M.M., trombone—members of Superpower Horns)
Best Folk Album: The Goat Rodeo Sessions - Yo-Yo Ma's instrumental quartet is augmented by vocalist Aoife O'Donovan '03 DP on two tracks
Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Kurtág & Ligeti: Music for Viola - Kim Kashkashian of the faculty
announced 12 February 2012
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Elmer Gantry - Robert Livingston Aldridge '80 M.M., composer; Herschel Garfein '82 M.M., librettist
Latin Grammy Awards, announced 10 November 2011
Best Latin Jazz Album: Panamericana Suite - Paquito D'Rivera (performers on this recording include bassist Oscar Stagnaro and vibraphonist/marimbist Dave Samuels of the faculty. Rivera himself was also awarded "Best Classical Contemporary Composition" for this album-length suite)
Best Classical Album: Brazilian Guitar Quartet Plays Villa-Lobos (quartet includes Luiz Mantovani '00 M.M., '02 A.D.)
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard (band on this recording includes saxophonist Wayne Escoffery '99 TMIJP, '00 M.M.)
Best Chamber Music Performance: Ligeti: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 - Parker Quartet '08
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden (Bublé's band includes Craig Polasko '98 on bass and Mark Small '00 M.M. on saxophone)
Best Orchestral Performance: Ravel: Daphnis et Chloë - James Levine, conductor, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus (Nearly half of the BSO is composed of Conservatory faculty and alumni. John Oliver '67 M.M., the Tanglewood Festival Chorus founder and conductor, is a recipient of NEC's Outstanding Alumni Award, and many of the singers in the Chorus are NEC alumni.)
The "in memoriam" section of the telecast also included a reference to George Russell (1923–2009).
Album of the Year: River: The Joni Letters - Herbie Hancock with featured artists including vocalist Luciana Souza '94 M.M. and a band including bassist Dave Holland, NEC visiting artist-in-residence
Best Contemporary Jazz Album: River: The Joni Letters (as above)
Best Latin Jazz Album: Funk Tango - Paquito D'Rivera Quintet (quintet includes bassist Oscar Stagnaro of the faculty)
Best Classical Album: Tower: Made in America (This work by Joan Tower '06 hon. D.M. is recognized in its recording by the Nashville Symphony. The work itself is the result of a 50-state joint commission that was administered by NEC alumna Hilary Field Respass '88. Its first performance was conducted by NEC alumnus and Director of Wind Ensembles Charles Peltz '85 M.M. with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. The GFSO was one of the lead orchestras in conceiving of and launching this ambitious consortium.)
Best Orchestral Performance: Tower: Made in America (as above)
Best Classical Contemporary Composition: Made in America (as above)
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Nancy Wilson - Turned to Blue (performers include vibraphonist Dave Samuels of the faculty)
Best Contemporary World Music Album: The Klezmatics - Wonder Wheel (group includes Matt Darriau '91 and Frank London '80)
Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra): Cleveland Chamber Symphony, John McLaughlin Williams '83, conductor, with Angelin Chang, piano - Messiaen: Oiseaux exotiques
Best Jazz Instrumental Album - Individual or Group: Wayne Shorter Quartet - Beyond the Sound Barrier (quartet features pianist Danilo Pérez, formerly of the NEC faculty)
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Dave Holland Big Band - Overtime (NEC visiting artist-in-residence)
Best Jazz Instrumental Album - Individual or Group: Wayne Shorter - Alegria (performers include pianist Danilo Pérez, formerly of the NEC faculty)
Best Latin Jazz Album: Brazilian Dreams - Paquito D'Rivera Quintet (quintet includes bassist Oscar Stagnaro of the faculty)
Best Chamber Music Performance: Berg: Lyric Suite - Kronos Quartet & Dawn Upshaw, soprano (Jennifer Culp '83 M.M. was cellist of the quartet on this recording)
Best Opera Recording: Wagner: Tannhäuser - cast includes soprano Jane Eaglen of the faculty as Elisabeth
Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor): Tavener: Lamentations & Praises - Chanticleer and Joseph Jennings (group members include countertenor Ian Howell of the faculty)
Best Chamber Music Performance: Beethoven string quartets ("Razumovsky" Op. 59, Nos. 1–3; "Harp" Op. 74) - Takacs Quartet (Roger Tapping of the faculty was violist of the quartet on this recording)
Best Latin Jazz Album: Live at the Blue Note - Paquito D'Rivera Quintet (quintet includes bassist Oscar Stagnaro of the faculty)
Best Opera Recording: Busoni: Doktor Faust (Ferruccio Busoni taught at NEC in the 1890s)
Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor): Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures - Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Donald Palma is a founding member of Orpheus and directs NEC's conductorless Chamber Orchestra)
Musical Show Album: Annie Get Your Gun (Stephen Ferrera '76, producer)
Jazz Instrumental Performance: Like Minds - Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, Dave Holland (NEC visiting artist-in-residence)
Small Ensemble Performance: Colors of Love - Chanticleer and Joseph Jennings (includes founding member and associate conductor Frank Albinder '82 M.M., '83 M.M., who designed the concept for this album)
Classical Album and Instrumental Soloist(s) with Orchestra: Premieres - Cello Concertos by composers including Richard Danielpour '80 - Philadelphia Orchestra, David Zinman, Yo-Yo Ma
Instrumental Arrangement: Straight, No Chaser - Bill Holman '91 M.M.
Best Chamber Music Performance: Cleveland Quartet - The Farewell Recording (NEC faculty member Paul Katz was cellist on this recording)
Best Historical Album: The Heifetz Collection - RCA Studios recording engineer David Satz '73 and album notes writer Laurence Lesser are among those acknowledged with this award
Best Choral Performance: Brahms: Ein Deutches Requiem - Herbert Blomstedt '52 conducts the San Francisco Symphony & Chorus
Best Chamber Music Performance: Clarinet Trios - clarinetist Richard Stoltzman of the NEC faculty with Emanuel Ax, piano, and Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance (individual or group): Joe Henderson - So Near, So Far (Musings for Miles) (group included bassist Dave Holland, NEC visiting artist-in-residence)
Best Choral Performance: Brahms: Orff: Carmina Burana - Herbert Blomstedt '52 conducts the San Francisco Symphony & Chorus
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance: Dizzy Gillespie & the United Nation Orchestra - Live at the Royal Festival Hall (this group included pianist Danilo Pérez of the NEC faculty)
Best Traditional Folk Album: The Civil War (soundtrack) (includes improvisations based on traditional American songs performed by Third Stream pianist Jacqueline Schwab ’83)
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance - Group: Blues for Coltrane - performers include bassist Cecil McBee of the faculty
Best Arrangement on an Instrumental: Memos from Paradise, from album of the same name by Eddie Daniels - written and arranged by Roger Kellaway '59
Best Traditional Blues Recording: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Alright Again! (group included trumpeter Stanton Davis '72)
Best Chamber Music Performance: Brahms Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano- clarinetist Richard Stoltzman of the NEC faculty with Richard Goode, piano
Best Chamber Music Performance: Gunther Schuller, New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble - Joplin: The Red Back Book (former NEC president)