Towson University professor gets Grammy nomination

Leshnoff is honored with a Grammy nomination for his compendium

By Matt Palmer on November 21, 2019

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Towson University music professor Jonathan Leshnoff's "Symphony No. 4 'Heichalos'; Guitar Concerto; Starburst," has been nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY in the Best Classical Compendium category.

Leshnoff was featured in the Fall edition of TU Magazine for his moving work with  The Violins of Hope, a collection of restored instruments that once were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Those violins were used by the Nashville Symphony in the recording of the GRAMMY nominated CD.

Leshnoff wrote a letter of thanks to President Kim Schatzel, Provost Melanie Perreault, COFAC interim Dean Greg Faller and colleagues following the announcement.

"I thank Towson University for its continual support of my scholarship," Leshnoff wrote. "I particularly thank my colleagues for all of the wonderful moments we have shared together. Indeed, everyone had a hand in making made this possible."

Drummer Mark Guiliana, at TU this week for a Bill & Helen Murray Jazz Residency, was nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for his "Beat Music! Beat Music! Beat Music!"