December 17, 2010 — "Tower of the Eight Winds," a compact disc of chamber music written by University of Virginia music professor Judith Shatin, has been nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award.
The nomination is for producer Blanton Alspaugh as "Producer of the Year – Classical." The music is performed by the Borup-Ernst Duo – violinist Hasse Borup and pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst, and was released on Innova Records.
Fanfare magazine wrote of Shatin's music, "She is able to produce ingenious and unusual music while, at the same time, retaining a certain accessibility and common musical lingo with universal emotional appeal," and added in a second review of the disk, "The players attack all five works with gusto and would appear to have completely mastered them. The performances are excellent and recording is exemplary. Recommended."
Called "highly inventive ... hugely enjoyable and deeply involving" by the Washington Post and "exuberant and captivating" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Judith Shatin's music is known for its dramatic shape and imaginative blending of acoustic and digital media, as well as her work in each.
Orchestras that have performed her music include the Denver, Houston, Illinois, Knoxville, Minnesota, National and Richmond symphonies. Her chamber and choral music is internationally performed and has been featured at festivals throughout North America and Europe.
She has been commissioned by organizations and ensembles, including the Barlow Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Kronos Quartet, Library of Congress, National Symphony, the Dutch Hexagon Ensemble, the Peninsula Women's Chorus and the San Francisco Girls' Chorus.