One of the nominees this year in the Grammy Awards’ “Classical Producer of the Year” category has a Mizzou connection.
Veteran producer Judith Sherman, a 12-time Grammy Award nominee and winner of the award for Classical Producer of the Year for 1993, 2007 and 2011, is nominated again for her work in 2018, including the Albany Records release New Music for Violin and Piano by violinist Julie Rosenfeld and pianist Peter Miyamoto.
Miyamoto is a professor of piano and Rosenfeld an assistant professor of violin at Mizzou, and one of the eight new works included on the album (pictured) is “Life (Still) Goes On,” written by Stefan Freund, professor of composition and artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.
Released on April 1, 2018, New Music for Violin and Piano has earned positive reviews from critics, with American Record Guide calling Rosenfeld’s performances “earnest and lovely, wholly embodying the spirit of each work,” and praising Miyamoto’s playing as “sensitive and balanced, with silkiness and aggression in all the right places.”
As for the verdict of Grammy Award voters, that will be revealed at the 61st annual awards ceremony, which is scheduled for February 10, 2019 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in part on CBS.