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: http://www.grammy.com/nominees?genre=5
BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM
- 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.
BEST OPERA RECORDING
- 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.