22 November 2019
By Ellie Palmer
We round up the piano-playing nominations for the upcoming Recording Academy GRAMMY Awards
It's the announcement that so many musicians around the world anticipate. Will they or won't they be nominated for arguably the most prestigious award in music industry history?
Last year's biggest piano-playing winners were Leif Ove Andsnes & Marc-André Hamelin for their performance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring Concerto for Two Pianos, and Yuja Wang for her performance of Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2.
Who has been nominated this year?
Best Classical Instrumental Solo - Yuja Wang
Yuja Wang - The Berlin Recital
Yuja Wang has again landed herself a GRAMMY nomination, this time for her latest album, The Berlin Recital. The recording has been nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, the same category she won in last year's awards.
The Chinese pianist featured on the cover of issue 105 of Pianist.
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance - Hermitage Piano Trio
Stream their nominated album above
Earlier this year, Hermitage Piano Trio released their debut album of Rachmaninov music - comprising of Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor; Trio élégiaque No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9; and Vocalise. The group consists of violinist Misha Keylin, cellist Sergey Antonov and pianist Ilya Kazantsev. With a GRAMMY nomination already under their belt, we're likely to see a lot more of them over the coming years.
Best Classical Compendium - Nadia Shpachenko
Nadia Shpachenko has been nominated for her album, 'The Poetry of Places.'
The pianist isn't new to a GRAMMY nomination, having been nominated in three categories at the 58th GRAMMYs for her debut Reference Recording album, Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013.
Multiple nominations - Jacob Collier
Listen to Jacob Collier's arrangement of Lionel Richie's All Night Long, which has earned him a GRAMMY nomination
Instrumental and vocal sensation is another who has been nominated not for the first time. Collier won not one but two GRAMMYS awards back in 2017: Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella (for You and I), and Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals (for Flintstones).
This year, he has again been nominated for Best Arrangement (Instrumental or A Cappella) for Moon River and for Best Arrangement (Instruments and Vocals) for All Night Long.
Whilst he may not be nominated for his piano-playing this year, Collier's expertise in instruments across the board is well worth including in this article.
The 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards Ceremony will broadcast live from The Staples Center in Los Angeles January 26, 2020.