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Yolanda Kondonassis nominated for 2020 GRAMMY Award

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis is nominated for a 2020 GRAMMY Award in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category for her world premiere recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra led by Music Director Ward Stare. Higdon’s Harp Concerto is also nominated for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The album, American Rapture, was produced by Alan Bise and mastered by Bruce Egre. It was recorded September 17-20, 2018 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and released May 17, 2019 on Azica Records.

Click here to listen to American Rapture.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto was written for and dedicated to Yolanda Kondonassis. Kondonassis notes, “The journey of bringing Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto to life has been an amazing ride. We agreed on many aspects of what a new harp concerto should be – strong, agile, lyrical, feisty, energetic and even heroic when necessary; it should be challenging, but really fun to play, and it should have a groove that allows the harpist to catch a musical wave with the orchestra once in a while. Jennifer managed all this and more, delivering a work that is all at once powerful, heart-wrenching, whimsical, and original.”

Watch the American Rapture album trailer, featuring Yolanda Kondonassis and Jennifer Higdon in conversation:

The Harp Concerto is a consortium commission from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ward Stare, Jennifer Higdon, and Yolanda Kondonassis. Photo by Michael Cavotta

Learn more about Yolanda Kondonassis at

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