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Professor Silas Brown ’10 Wins Grammy Award

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Silas Brown ’10 on his win and to David De Jesus ’04 and Lucy Kalantari ’98 for their work on Grammy®-winning projects.

Brown was nominated twice in the category of Best Engineered Album, Classical, an award that’s bestowed upon engineers. He won the category for the recording SHOSTAKOVICH: SYMPHONY NO. 13, ‘BABI YAR’ (David Frost & Charlie Post, engineers; Silas Brown, mastering engineer (Artists: Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)).

He was also nominated for GERSHWIN: PORGY AND BESS (David Frost & John Kerswell, engineers; Silas Brown, mastering engineer (Artists: David Robertson, Eric Owens, Angel Blue, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus)). This won in the category of Best Opera Recording.

Brown also worked on the production and engineering of two performances in the category of Best Classical Instrumental Solo, an award given to the instrumental soloist(s) and to the conductor when applicable. 

The recording THEOFANIDIS: CONCERTO FOR VIOLA AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA ((Partial Engineer) Richard O’Neill; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)) won the  category Best Classical Instrumental Solo.

A second recording on which he worked, DESTINATION RACHMANINOV—ARRIVAL ((Produced and Engineered) Daniil Trifonov; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor (The Philadelphia Orchestra)), was also nominated.

And More…

Two more alumni were involved with Grammy-winning projects.

Assistant Professor of Music David De Jesus ’04 played alto sax with Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra on the album Four Questions, which won in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album.

And Lucy Kalantari ’98 (studio composition) was the producer, engineer, and arranger on All the Ladies by Joanie Leeds, which won the Grammy for Best Children’s Album.