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Two People With Eastman Music School Connections Win Grammy Awards

Two people with connections to the Eastman School of Music are among the winners of the Grammy Awards, which were announced Sunday in Los Angeles.

Paul O’Dette, professor of lute at the Eastman School of Music, and Eastman alumnus and mastering engineer Robert (Bob) Ludwig won their categories.

Ludwig took home three Grammys: Best Surround Sound Album, for his work on Beyoncé; Best Engineered Album Non-Classical, for Beck’s Morning Phase; and Album of the Year, for Morning Phase.  Early in the awards show, Ludwig was one of three people Beck singled out for acknowledgement when the artist won Best Rock Album.  

In the categories of Album of the Year and Best Engineered Album Non-Classical, Ludwig was competing against himself, also nominated for Pharrell Williams’s Girl and for Bass & Mandolin, respectively.

O’Dette and Stephen Stubbes, who serve as co-artistic directors of the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF), are the conductors on the album Charpentier: La Descente d’Orphée aux enfers, which was named Best Opera Recording.  The album was recorded by BEMF musicians and also features Eastman Assistant Professor of Conducting Christel Theilmann along with alumni Avi Stein BM 97 and Zachary Wilder BM 06.

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Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.