Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra)

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The Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra) was awarded from 1959 to 2011. From 1967 to 1971 and in 1987 the award was combined with the award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra) and awarded as the Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist or Soloists (with or without orchestra).

The award has had several minor name changes:

  • In 1959 the award was known as Best Classical Performance - Instrumentalist (with concerto scale accompaniment)
  • In 1960 it was awarded as Best Classical Performance - Concerto or Instrumental Soloist (with full orchestral accompaniment)
  • In 1961 it was awarded as Best Classical Performance - Concerto or Instrumental Soloist
  • In 1962 it was awarded as Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist (with orchestra)
  • From 1963 to 1964 it was awarded as Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist or Soloists (with orchestra)
  • In 1965 it was awarded as Best Performance - Instrumental Soloist or Soloists (with orchestra)
  • From 1966 to 1991 and in 1994 it was awarded as Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist or Soloists (with orchestra) (or very a similar equivalent)
  • In 1992 it was awarded as Best Instrumental Soloist With Orchestra
  • In 1993 it was awarded as Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Solo With Orchestra
  • From 1995 to 2011 it was awarded as Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra)


In 2012, following a major overhaul of Grammy categories, the award was discontinued, merging with the Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra) category to form the new Best Classical Instrumental Solo category. This is basically a return to the situation from 1967 to 1971.


Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.

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