Nashville Symphony Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and Percussionist Christopher Lamb Receive GRAMMY® Award

February 13, 2012

Nashville Symphony’s recording of Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto for Percussion & Orchestra was honored with a GRAMMY® Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo on Sunday at the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. This latest recognition is the seventh GRAMMY® Award to be presented to a recording by the Nashville Symphony.

“We are beyond thrilled!” says Nashville Symphony Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, who was honored with the award, along with featured soloist Christopher Lamb, Principal Percussionist of the New York Philharmonic. “I am proud of our entire orchestra and our producer and engineer Tim Handley, all of whom played a critical role in making this a first-class recording. Lamb’s musicianship is incredible, and this award is a wonderful honor for all of us involved.”

The Nashville Symphony’s recording of the Percussion Concerto is featured on its latest release on the Naxos label, which also includes Schwantner’s Chasing Light…, which was commissioned by the Ford Made in America project in conjunction with the League of American Orchestras and Meet The Composer.

President & CEO Alan Valentine says, “This latest GRAMMY® nomination is a tribute to Giancarlo Guerrero’s strong artistic leadership, and to the Nashville Symphony’s growing profile as one of this country’s leading advocates for American orchestral music. We have a long history of championing the work of today’s leading composers, and we look forward to more exciting recording projects in the future.”

The orchestra’s previous Naxos recordings have earned a total of six GRAMMY® Awards and 13 nominations.