College of Performing Arts Faculty and Alumni Earn Recognition from Grammys as Nominees and Winners
Every year, alumni and faculty from throughout the College of Performing Arts are recognized by the Recording Academy for their remarkable talent. This year, at the 62nd Grammy Awards, two alumni from CoPA won awards, while 11 total faculty and alumni were nominated.
Brad Mehldau, BFA Jazz ‘93, won Best Jazz Instrumental Album, with Becca Stevens, BFA Jazz ‘07, for Finding Gabriel. School of Drama alum Bradley Cooper, MFA Acting ‘00, continued to earn recognition from his successful directorial debut, “A Star Is Born,” which won the Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media.
Jazzmeia Horn, BFA Jazz ‘14, was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Love and Liberation. Mannes School of Music alum Ilya Kazantsev, BM ’05, MM ’07, PDPL ’09, was nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for Hermitage Piano Trio’s Rachmaninoff and Best Engineered Album, Classical. Gabrielle Garo, Jazz ’19 and a current MAAME student, and Lessie Vonner, Jazz ’14, both performed flute with Lizzo during her opening performance.
School of Jazz and Contemporary Music faculty member Julian Lage was nominated for Best Improvised Solo for Tomorrow is the Question, while another Jazz faculty member, Anat Cohen, was nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble with her group Tentet for their album Triple Helix, which includes Tal Mashiach, Jazz ’17.
Mannes faculty members were also nominated for a variety of awards. Jannina Norpoth, Mannes ’06, ’09, and Amanda Gookin were nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for PUBLIQuartet’s Freedom and Faith, Nathan Koci was nominated for Best Musical Theater Album for “Oklahoma!” and Curtis Macomber was nominated for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for playing violin for The Edge of Silence – Works for Voice by György Kurtág.