The Grammy Awards and GDYO!

During the Grammy Awards on Monday, one of our own GDYO alumni–Jun Iwasaki (graduated in 2000)–got very excited to see the winners in the classical category because he was a performer on the Best Classical Compendium and the Best Opera Recording. Congratulations! You can read more here:


  • Stephen Paulus: Three Places Of Enlightenment; Veil Of Tears & Grand Concerto
  • Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
  • Nashville Symphony
  • Tim Handley, producer
  • Label: Naxos

There are three pieces in this CD, all performed by the Nashville Symphony and Giancarlo Guerrero. “Three Places Of Enlightenment” is a piece for string quartet and Orchestra, and Symphony’s top players (Jun and other section leaders) played. This was a live performance in 2014.

The other two pieces were recorded at different concerts, but Jun served as concertmaster for those as well.


  • Ravel: L'Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade
  • Seiji Ozawa, conductor;
  • Isabel Leonard; Dominic Fyfe,
  • producer (Saito Kinen Orchestra; SKF Matsumoto Chorus & SKF Matsumoto Children's Chorus)
  • Label: Decca

This was recorded live in summer of 2013 in Japan, and Jun was in the Saito Kinen Orchestra.