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Grammy Recognition Propels Cedille Artists’ Careers

Several of our artists had something extra to celebrate this holiday season. Announced by the Recording Academy just a few days before Thanksgiving, three recent Cedille albums received a total of five nominations (Cedille’s most in a single year!). These albums, and artists, were nominated in the following categories:

Third Coast Percussion with Clarice & Sérgio Assad

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Best Engineered Album, Classical

Will Liverman with Paul Sánchez

Best Classical Vocal Solo

Jennifer Koh

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

This is Third Coast Percussion’s third nomination (with one win, so far) in the category Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. Jennifer Koh has been nominated in that category before as well; this is her first Grammy recognition in the solo category. Baritone Will Liverman is a first-time nominee — for his Cedille Records debut! Both Will and Jennifer’s albums were especially personally meaningful, and it shows in the finished products.

Two Producers with whom Cedille works, Judith Sherman (Alone Together and Bach & Beyond Part 3) and Elaine Martone (Archetypes), were also nominated for Producer of the Year, Classical for their body of work during the year, as well as Cedille’s resident engineer, Bill Maylone, for engineering and mastering Archetypes.

Presented by the Recording Academy since 1958, the GRAMMYs are an annual celebration of excellence, the music community’s highest honor, and its only peer-based award. Only members of the Recording Academy — performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, instrumentalists, and other creators currently working in the recording industry — get to vote on the nominations. A Grammy is truly a stamp of approval from other record creators. It’s a big deal!

Pianist Lisa Kaplan, founding member and Executive Director of multiple Grammy-winning (for four consecutive Cedille albums!) ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, remarked:


In recent cycles, Cedille recordings have been honored with Grammy nominations almost every year. Since 2003, 20 different Cedille albums have been honored with 26 Grammy nominations.

As a nonprofit label funded in large part by charitable contributions, Cedille is able to make recording decisions based on the artistic merit of each project. The result every time is a high-quality artistic performance and recording, one that with promotion (and a little luck) attracts the attention of the Recording Academy and its members.

We’re honored to work with such talented artists and collaborators, and grateful for the support of music lovers like you who make our work possible.

The Grammy Awards ceremony has been postponed due to the surge of recent COVID-19 cases. Stay tuned for the new date! Classical music awards are included in the pre-show, streamed online before the network telecast. We hope you’ll watch!



Mary Elizabeth Bowden, praised for her “splendid, brilliant” artistry (Gramophone), celebrates the narrative power of the trumpet. Bowden is joined by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Allen Tinkham in a collection of new concertos that redefine the trumpet’s voice in modern classical music.

Monthly Playlist

To celebrate Cedille’s May 10 release of the Pacifica Quartet‘s American Voices, featuring music based on folk and popular music elements, a playlist of pieces based on folk songs, dances, hymns, spirituals, etc. (real or invented). We’ll add tracks from the new album when it’s released on 5/10.

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On this episode of Classical Chicago, Cedille President Jim Ginsburg talks with Pacifica Quartet violinist Austin Hartman about his experience recording Cedille’s latest release, American Voices. The multiple Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet continues its highly acclaimed recording series that explores the sounds of America with an album comprising string quartets incorporating elements of American folk music and spirituals by Antonín Dvořák, Florence Price, and Louis Gruenberg, plus a new work by James Lee III.