GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä won the Grammy in the Best Orchestral Performance category on Sunday.
The won for their recording of Jean Sibelius' First and Fourth Symphonies, recorded on the BIS Records label.
The award is the Orchestra's first-ever Grammy in the Best Orchestral Performance category, aswell as the first Grammy for Vänskä and for BIS.
"I want to congratulate the Orchestra and Osmo on this outstanding honor and to offer my thanks to the many generous donors who have made possible the Orchestra's recording projects," said Michael Henson, the Orchestra's President and CEO. "This institution has an illustrious recording history that dates to the 1920s, and today's award is a brilliant achievement in that long legacy."
The announcement was made at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
Vänskä and the Orchestra recorded the two symphonies at Minneapolis' Orchestra Hall in sessions during May and June 2012, partnering with the BIS recording team led by producer Robert Suff.