Osmo Vänskä and Ondine won Grammy awards

Osmo Vänskä and record label Ondine won Grammy awards last night in Los Angeles.

Osmo Vänskä’s performance of Sibelius’ Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 with Minnesota Orchestra (BIS #1996) won the Grammy award for the Best Orchestral Performance.

Vänskä’s contract with Minnesota Orchestra ended in October, but he will return to Minnesota’s Orchestra Hall on March 27-29 to conduct the two Sibelius symphonies in a Grammy celebration. Vänskä will also conduct a one-night-only performance in Minnesota in April that features violinist Joshua Bell performing Édouard Lalo's Symphonie espagnole for violin and orchestra. Minnesota Orchestra plays its first concerts in February, after a 15-month lockout that was caused by contract disputes. 

Next Vänskä leads the San Francisco Symphony in Sibelius’ Symphony No. 6 and Night Ride and Sunrise, Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with soloist Daniil Trifonov on January 30 - February 1 at Davies Symphony Hall.

Record label Ondine won in the Best Classical Compendium category with the recording of works by Paul Hindemith featuring Midori, the NDR Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach.