Yolanda Kondonassis is nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award in the “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” category. Composed by Jennifer Higdon, the harp concerto was recorded with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) under conductor Ward Stare and released as part of their latest album, American Rapture, with Azica Records. The concerto was a consortium commission from six orchestras, including the RPO: Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. Higdon wrote the work specifically for Kondonassis and dedicated it to her.
Other nominations in the “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” category are “The Berlin Recital,” performed by pianist Yuja Wang, violinist Tessa Lark’s recording of Torke’s “Sky, Concerto For Violin” with the Albany Symphony, “The Orchestral Organ” featuring organist Jan Kraybill, and violinist Nicola Benedetti’s recording of the Marsalis Violin Concerto and Fiddle Dance Suite with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Results will be announced Jan. 26, 2020 at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards.