December 11, 2006

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Rochester, N.Y.–The Eastman School of Music is proud to announce that two of its alumni and one of its current faculty members received nominations for the 49 th Annual Grammy Awards.

Professor of Lute Paul O’Dette was nominated in the Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra) category for "Bacheler: The Bachelar’s Delight" on the Harmonia Mundi label. O’Dette, who can be heard on more than 100 recordings, received a Grammy Award in 1996 for a CD of Purcell Songs with Sylvia McNair. A virtuoso performer and respected scholar, O’Dette gives concert appearances, master classes, and lectures throughout Europe, North America, Japan, Australia, Russia and South America.

Composer Christopher Theofanidis (MM ’92) was nominated in the Best Classical Contemporary Composition category for his work, "The Here And Now", recorded on the Telarc label. Theofanidis’ compositions have won numerous awards, including the Prix de Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Barlow Prize, a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Columbia-Bearns Prize, a Fulbright Fellowship to France, and six ASCAP Morton Gould Prizes. His piece Rainbow Body was the most performed orchestral work by a living composer during the 2004-2005 season.

Violinist Kayo Miki (BM ’94, MM ’96) was nominated as part of the Quartet San Francisco. Their album “Látigo” was nominated in both the Best Classical Crossover Album and Best Engineered Album, Classical categories.

The 49th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 11, 2007 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS.

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