David Sabee, Seattle Symphony Cellist, Wins Grammy Award
Seattle Symphony cellist and Seattle Arts Commission member, David Sabee, was awarded the Grammy for Best Engineered classical album this past weekend in LA. The album, Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works features violist Eliesha Nelson, a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Northwest Sinfonia, an all-star orchestra featuring members and former members of the Seattle, Oregon, Vancouver, St. Louis, Houston, and Melbourne Symphonies and the Cleveland, Monte Carlo and Metropolitan Opera orchestras, conducted by guest John McLaughlin Williams.
Sabee was part of a team that included Seattlemusic engineer Kory Kruckenberg, Skywalker's chief engineer Leslie Ann Jones and Dorian SonoLuminis veteran Brandie Lane. The album was produced by Victor and Marina Ledin, one of over 200 records produced under their supervision. Asked about the album's success, Sabee responded, "Receiving this award for such a beautifully performed CD, rooted in the rich tradition of the American symphonists of the mid century is a fitting, and thrilling, culmination to the extensive work done in Seattle with this repertoire by our talented musicians and engineer/producers. It is truly the icing on the cake and couldn't have come at a more meaningful time."