Violinist Goto wins Grammy award


An album featuring Japanese violinist Midori Goto on Sunday won the Best Classical Compendium award at the Grammys.

Goto, 42, is a soloist in the violin concerto on “Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik,” under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach. The album, in which Germany’s NDR Symphony Orchestra also took part, marks the 50th anniversary of German composer Paul Hindemith’s death.

Since her debut in 1982 with the New York Philharmonic, Goto has been performing with globally renowned orchestras. She is also an academic and often engages in community work.

In a different category, synthesizer performer Kitaro, who won the best new age album award in 2001, was nominated for the same award this year for “Final Call” but failed to bag it. The winner was Laura Sullivan for “Love’s River.”

The album “Reggae Connection” by Sly & Robbie and the Jam Masters, produced by Kazuhiko Asonuma, a former Japanese diplomat-turned-producer who now resides in Jamaica, was nominated for best reggae album but did not win.

The best reggae album award went to “Ziggy Marley in Concert.”