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March 14, 2021

And the GRAMMY Goes to ...


Pacifica Quartet
Pacifica Quartet

And the GRAMMY goes to …

On Sunday, March 14, 2021, GRAMMY Awards, presented by the Recording Academy®, were presented to alumnus Austin Hartman (BM ’02, Weilerstein), 2020 Honorary Doctorate recipient Michael Tilson Thomas and CIM Orchestra Artistic Advisor JoAnn Falletta!

Austin Hartman is a member of the Pacifica Quartet, which won for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance with their recording Contemporary Voices. The Quartet last won a GRAMMY in 2009 in the same category, and currently lead the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School. (Hartman is at far left in photo of the Pacifica Quartet.)

Michael Tilson Thomas, a member of CIM’s International Council and recipient of an honorary doctorate from CIM, collected his twelfth GRAMMY with the award for Best Classical Compendium for From the Diary of Anne Frank & Meditations on Rilke – an album that features MTT’s first and most recent compositions for voice and orchestra.

JoAnn Falletta – who will conduct the CIM Orchestra on April 16, 2021 – won the award for Best Choral Performance, for Danielpour: The Passion of Yeshuah, recorded by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. This is her fourth GRAMMY award, and the second in three years.

In addition to individual artists, the GRAMMYs recognize the achievements of the world’s finest orchestras, choruses and chamber ensembles. CIM alumni hold positions in nearly every large ensemble recognized with a 2021 GRAMMY, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Nashville Symphony and San Francisco Symphony.

Congratulations to these outstanding musicians, as well all the CIM alumni who were nominated!