December 6, 2012

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Eastman School Alumni Earn Grammy Nominations

Updated Dec. 10, 2012

Eastman School of Music graduate Robert (Bob) Ludwig got four nominations and alumni Renée Fleming, Bill Cunliffe, and Gene Scheer also were nominated in the 55th Annual Grammy Awards competition.

Ludwig (BM ’66 music education and MM ’01 trumpet) is actually competing against himself in two categories. He was nominated in the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical category for his work on Ashes & Fire and on Love is a Four Letter Word.  In addition, he is listed as the mastering engineer for two albums up for Album of the Year: Mumford & Sons’ Babel and Jack White’s Blunderbuss.

Soprano Fleming (MM ’83) received a nomination for Best Classical Vocal Solo for Poèmes, her album of French songs by Ravel, Messiaen, and Dutilleux, recorded with the Orchestra National de France and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under conductors Seiji Ozawa and  Alan Gilbert.

Composer, arranger, and pianist Cunliffe (MM ’81) was nominated in the Best Instrumental Composition category for his work Overture, Waltz and Rondo, recorded by the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Luis Biava  and jazz trumpeter Terell Stafford.

Singer-turned-opera librettist Scheer (MM ‘81 MM ’82) is competing in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category for August 4, 1964, a concert drama written with composer Steven Stucky.

Winners of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be announced on Feb. 10, 2013.

In addition, two recordings with Eastman musicians are among the 10 albums listed for Dan Merceruio’s  Classical Producer of the Year nomination: Arensky: Quartet No. 1 & 2; Piano Quintet, Op. 51, featuring Eastman School’s resident Ying Quartet; and Weill-Ibert-Berg, featuring conductor Timothy Muffitt (DMA ’95) and the Baton Rouge Symphony Chamber Players, with violinist John Gilbert (BM ’81) and cellist George Work (BM ’79 MM ’81) as soloists.

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