April 4, 2022
Violinist Jennifer Koh Receives Best Instrumental Solo Grammy Award for "Alone Together"
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NEW YORK (April 4, 2022)—Korean American violinist Jennifer Koh has been awarded the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo for her recording Alone Together, released by Cedille Records and based on her online performance series of the same name created in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the financial hardship it has placed on many in the arts community. The album features 39 world premiere recordings of new works by established and emerging composers. Ms. Koh received the award at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3.

Alone Together features short new works donated by established composers and commissioned from talented young composers who may have been struggling financially because of the COVID-19 crisis. The New York Times called the series "a marvel for a time of crisis" and the lineup of composers "more inclusive than anything in mainstream classical music."

Alone Together began as a project for our community of musicians to come together to support our younger freelance colleagues at the start of the pandemic,” said Ms. Koh. “I could have never imagined that two years later it would be nominated for a Grammy, let alone win. I am grateful to each of the composers who wrote powerful music that communicated what we felt at that time. Their work has now become a musical archive of the first months of the pandemic in the United States.

“I am honored to be a member of such a generous and caring group of colleagues. I want to thank the amazing composers who wrote the works for Alone Together and my fellow Grammy Award-winning producer on this album, Judith Sherman. Thank you to Cedille Records for making this album possible and thank you to all the donors of ARCO Collaborative who made this project to support young artists possible. I thank the Recording Academy for honoring me as the first Korean American woman to win a Grammy in this category.”

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