Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance

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

  • From 1959 to 1960 the award was known as Best Classical Performance - Chamber Music (including chamber orchestra)
  • In 1961 it was awarded as Best Classical Performance - Vocal or Instrumental - Chamber Music
  • From 1962 to 1964 it was awarded as Best Classical Performance - Chamber Music
  • In 1965 it was awarded as two awards for Best Chamber Music Performance - Vocal and Best Chamber Music Performance - Instrumental
  • From 1966 to 1967 it was awarded as Best Classical Chamber Music Performance - Instrumental or Vocal
  • From 1968 to 1990 it was awarded as Best Chamber Music Performance
  • In 1991 it was awarded as Best Chamber Music or Other Small Ensemble Performance
  • From 1992 to 2011 it has been awarded as Best Chamber Music Performance
Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance
Awarded forquality chamber music performances
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Last awarded2011
Websitegrammy.com

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.

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

Winners & NomineesEdit

1950sEdit

Year Winner(s) Title Nominees Ref.
1959 Hollywood String Quartet Beethoven: Quartet 130
[1]

1960sEdit

Year Winner(s) Title Nominees Ref.
1960 Arthur Rubinstein Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C (Waldstein); Sonata No. 18 in E Flat
[2]
1961 Laurindo Almeida Conversations with the Guitar [3]
1962 Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, William Primrose Beethoven: Serenade, Op. 8; Kodály: Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7
[4]
1963 Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, William Primrose The Heifetz-Piatgorsky Concerts with Primrose, Pennario and Guests
[5]
1964 Julian Bream Consort An Evening of Elizabethan Music
[6]
1965 Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, Jacob Lateiner Beethoven: Trio No. 1 in E Flat, Op. 1, No. 1
[7]
Noah Greenberg conducting New York Pro Musica It Was a Lover and His Lass (Morley, Byrd and Others)
1966 Juilliard String Quartet Bartók: The 6 String Quartets
[8]
1967 Boston Symphony Chamber Players Boston Symphony Chamber Players - Works of Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Fine, Copland, Carter, Piston
[9]
1968 Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin East Meets West
[10]
1969 Vittorio Negri (conductor), E Power Biggs with the Edward Tarr Brass Ensemble & Gabrieli Consort Glory of Gabrieli Vol. II - Canzonas for Brass, Winds, Strings and Organs
[11]

1970sEdit

Year Winner(s) Title Nominees Ref.
1970 Chicago Brass Ensemble, Cleveland Brass Ensemble, and Philadelphia Brass Ensemble Gabrieli: Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli (Canzoni for Brass Choirs)
[12]
1971 Eugene Istomin, Isaac Stern, Leonard Rose Beethoven: The Complete Piano Trios
[13]
1972 Julliard String Quartet Debussy: Quartet in G Minor; Ravel: Quartet in F Major
[14]
1973 Julian Bream, John Williams Julian and John (selections by Lawes, Carulli, Albéniz, Granados)
[15]
1974 Gunther Schuller (conductor), New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble Joplin: The Red Back Book
[16]
1975 Pierre Fournier, Arthur Rubinstein & Henryk Szeryng 'Brahms: Trios (Complete)/Schumann: Trio No. 1 in D Minor
1976 Arthur Rubinstein, Henryk Szeryng, Pierre Fournier Schubert: Trios No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op. 99 and No. 2 in E Flat Major, Op. 100 (Piano Trios)
[17]
1977 David Munrow (conductor), Early Music Consort of London The Art of Courtly Love
[18]
1978 Juilliard String Quartet Schoenberg: Quartets for Strings (Complete)
[19]
1979 Itzhak Perlman, Vladimir Ashkenazy Beethoven: Sonatas for Violin and Piano (Complete)
[20]

1980sEdit

Year Winner(s) Title Nominees Ref.
1980 Dennis Russell Davies (conductor) and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Copland: Appalachian Spring
[21]
1981 Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman Music for 2 Violins (Moszkowski: Suite for 2 Violins; Shostakovich: Duets; Prokofiev: Sonata for 2 Violins)
[22]
1982 Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell and Vladimir Ashkenazy Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor
[23]
1983 Richard Stoltzman, Richard Goode Brahms: The Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 120
[24]
1984 Mstislav Rostropovich, Rudolf Serkin Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano in E Minor, Op. 38, and Sonata in F Major, Op. 99
[25]
1985 Juilliard String Quartet Beethoven: The Late String Quartets
[26]
1986 Emmanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma Brahms: Cello and Piano Sonatas in E Major and F Major
[27]
1987 Emmanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma Beethoven: Cello and Piano Sonata No. 4 in C and Variations
[28]
1988 Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Vladimir Ashkenazy Beethoven: The Complete Piano Trios
[29]
1989 Murray Perahia, Georg Solti, David Corkhill, Evelyn Glennie Bartók: Sonata for 2 Pianos and Precussion; Brahms: Variation on a Theme by Joseph Haydn for 2 Piano
[30]

1990sEdit

Year Winner(s) Title Nominees Ref.
1990 Emerson String Quartet Bartók: 6 String Quartets
[31]
1991 Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman Brahms: The Three Violin Sonatas
[32]
1992 Emanuel Ax, Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartets
[33]
1993 Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma Brahms: Sonatas for Cello and Piano
[34]
1994 Emerson String Quartet Ives: String Quartets [35]
1995 Daniel Barenboim, Dale Clevenger, Larry Combs, Daniele Damiano, Hansjorg Schellenberger, Berlin Philharmonic Beethoven/Mozart: Quintets (Chicago-Berlin)
[36]
1996 Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Stoltzman Brahms/Beethoven/Mozart: Clarinet Trios
[37]
1997 Cleveland Quartet Corigliano: String Quartet
[38]
1998 Emerson Quartet Beethoven: The String Quartets
[39]
1999 André Previn, Gil Shaham American Scenes (Works of Copland, Previn, Barber, Gershwin)
[40]

2000sEdit

Year Winner(s) Title Nominees Ref.
2000 Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lambert Orkis Beethoven: The Violin Sonatas (Nos. 1-3, Op. 12; Nos. 1-3, Op. 30; "Spring" Sonata, etc.)
[41]
2001 Emerson String Quartet Shostakovich: The String Quartets
[42]
2002 The Angeles String Quartet Haydn: The Complete String Quartets
[43]
2003 Takács Quartet Beethoven: String Quartets ("Razumovsky", Op. 59, 1-3; "Harp", Op. 74)
[44]
2004 Kronos Quartet, Dawn Upshaw Berg: Lyrics Suite
[45]
2005 Martha Argerich, Mikhail Pletnev Prokofiev (Arr. Pletnev): Cinderella - Suite for Two Pianos; Ravel: Ma Mère L'Oye
[46]
2006 Emerson String Quartet Mendelssohn: The Complete String Quartets
[47]
2007 Emerson String Quartet Intimate Voices
  • The Chicago Chamber Musicians for Chamber works for Winds and String by Mozart
  • Andrew Russo, Corey Cerovsek, Steven Heyman for Corigliano: Violin Sonata, Étude Fantasy
  • Martha Argerich and Friends for Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2005
  • Beaux Arts Trio for Shostakovich: Piano Trios 1 & 2, Seven Romances on Verses by Alexander Blok
[48]
2008 Eighth Blackbird Strange Imaginary Animals
[49]
2009 Pacifica Quartet Elliott Carter: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5
[50]
2010 Emerson Quartet Intimate Letters
[51]
2011 Parker Quartet Ligeti: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
[52]

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