Grammys In Classical And Jazz Go To UConn Musicians

Feb 11, 2019

UConn was a double winner at the Grammys on Sunday, in classical music and jazz.

The work of Kenneth Fuchs, a professor of music composition at UConn, has been nominated in the past, but this time he won. Fuchs's collection of pieces performed by the London Symphony Orchestra took home the prize for Best Classical Compendium.

Fuchs was up against some big names at the 61st Grammy Awards, including John Williams, best known for his "Star Wars" and "E.T." compositions. 

Last year, Fuchs told NEPR's John Nowacki that while he's in his element now, at the beginning of his career, his pieces seemed counter to a trend of more dissonant compositions.

“In the face of [composers] Babbitt and Carter and Sessions especially, to come in [to Julliard] with music that was distinctly tonal — it was quite a journey for me to compose in the voice that I compose in now," Fuchs said.

UConn can also boast about its connections to a second 2019 Grammy.

Music professor Louis Hanzlik plays trumpet on "Emanon" from the Wayne Shorter Quartet. The album won for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.