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Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance

Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance
Awarded forquality performances by a small ensemble
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1997
Last awarded2017

The Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance (from 2013: Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance) has been awarded since 1997. In its early years, its title included the addition "(with or without a conductor)".

In 1991 the Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance also included small ensemble performances.

2012 overhaul and 2013 renaming

In 2012 the category was combined with the Best Chamber Music Performance category.

The restructuring of these categories was a result of the Recording Academy's wish to decrease the list of categories and awards. According to the Academy, "the Chamber category was folded into the Small Ensemble category, the only distinction having been the number of players in the group (Chamber being smaller), and the fact that Small Ensemble recording could, though not necessarily, employ a conductor." [1] In the new structure, recordings are eligible if the ensemble contains 24 or fewer members, not including the conductor. There is one award for the ensemble and one for the conductor, if applicable.

In 2013, the category was renamed as Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.




  • The Danish String Quartet for Beethoven, Shostakovich & Bach
  • The Aizuri Quartet for Blueprinting
  • Leif Ove Andsnes & Marc-André Hamelin for Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring Concerto for Two Pianos
  • A Far Cry for Visions and Variations



Grammy Awards of 2017


Grammy Awards of 2016


  • Tanja Tetzlaff, Christian Tetzlaff & Lars Vogt for Brahms: The Piano Trios
  • Nadia Shpachenko & Genevieve Feiwen Lee for Flaherty: Airdancing For Toy Piano, Piano & Electronics
  • Brad Wells & Roomful of Teeth for Render
  • Takács Quartet & Marc-André Hamelin for Shostakovich: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2

Grammy Awards of 2015

  • Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe for In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores


Grammy Awards of 2014


Grammy Awards of 2013 Eighth Blackbird for Meanwhile


Grammy Awards of 2012


  • Gabriela Frank (composer and performer) and Alias Chamber Ensemble for Frank: Hilos
  • Richard Savino (conductor) and El Mundo for The Kingdoms of Castille
  • Rinde Eckert (librettist/performer) & Steven Mackey (composer/performer) and Eighth Blackbird for Lonely Motel - Music from Slide
  • Patrick Dupré Quigley (conductor) and Seraphic Fire for A Seraphic Fire Christmas
  • The Bay Brass for Sound The Bells!

Grammy Awards of 2011

Grammy Awards of 2010


Grammy Awards of 2009

Grammy Awards of 2008

  • Yuri Bashmet (conductor) and Moscow Soloists for Stravinsky: Apollo, Concerto In D; Prokofiev: 20 Visions Fugitives

Grammy Awards of 2007

  • Peter Rutenberg (conductor) and Los Angeles Chamber Singers' Cappella for Padilla: Sun Of Justice

Grammy Awards of 2006

Grammy Awards of 2005

Grammy Awards of 2004

  • Jeff von der Schmidt (conductor) and Southwest Chamber Music for "Chávez: Suite for Double Quartet"

Grammy Awards of 2003

Grammy Awards of 2002

Grammy Awards of 2001

Grammy Awards of 2000


Grammy Awards of 1999

Grammy Awards of 1998

Grammy Awards of 1997