In 2012, the Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo was presented for the first time at the annual Grammy Awards ceremony.

The old categories for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance and Best Instrumental Soloist Performance have been combined into this category.

Who Won Best Classical Instrumental Solo?

American violinist Jennifer Koh won Best Classical Instrumental Solo for her recording, Alone Together.

The coronavirus outbreak and the financial difficulties it caused many in the art world prompted the creation of Alone Together.

The project brought together composers in support of the many freelancers among them, with each of the more established composers donating a new solo violin micro-work while also recommending a fellow freelance composer to write their own solo violin micro-work on paid commission from Ms. Koh’s artist-driven nonprofit ARCO Collaborative.

Du Yun, George Lewis, Tania Léon, Andrew Norman, Missy Mazzoli, Ellen Reid, Vijay Iyer, Nina C. Young, and Angélica Negrón are among the composers included on the new album, which will be published in August 2021.

Ms. Koh will play Alone Together recitals in front of live audiences at the University of Notre Dame and as part of a teaching residence at Seoul National University in 2021–22, thanks to the reopening of concert halls across the United States.


Below is a list of the Nominees for Best Classical Instrumental Solo

  • “Alone Together” — Jennifer Koh
  • “An American Mosaic” —Simone Dinnerstein
  • “Bach: Sonatas & Partitas” — Augustin Hadelich
  • “Beethoven & Brahms: Violin Concertos” — Gil Shaham; Eric Jacobsen, conductor (The Knights)
  • “Mak Bach” — Mak Grgić
  • “Of Power” — Curtis Stewart