Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance

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Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance
Awarded for quality chamber music performances
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1959
Last awarded 2011
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance has been awarded since 1959. The award has had several minor name changes:

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

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The award was discontinued in 2012 in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. Since 2012, recordings in this category will fall under the Best Small Ensemble Performance category.

The Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance has been awarded since 1997. In its early years, its title included the addition "(with or without a conductor)".

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.

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The Pacifica Quartet is a professional string quartet based in Bloomington, Indiana. Its members are: Simin Ganatra, first violin; Austin Hartman, second violin; Mark Holloway, viola; and Brandon Vamos, cello. Formed in 1994 by Ganatra and Vamos with violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson and violist Kathryn Lockwood, the group won prizes in competitions such as the 1996 Coleman Chamber Music Competition, the 1997 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Competition. In 2001, violist Masumi Per Rostad replaced Lockwood. The group subsequently received Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award in 2002, the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2006, and was named "Ensemble of the Year" by Musical America in 2009. In 2017, violinist Austin Hartman replaced Bernhardsson and violist Guy Ben-Ziony replaced Rostad.

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Elliott Cook Carter Jr. was an American composer. He studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in the 1930s, then returned to the United States. After an early neoclassical phase, he developed a personal harmonic and rhythmic language. His compositions are known and performed throughout the world, and include orchestral, chamber music, solo instrumental, and vocal works. Carter was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

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