Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance
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The Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance (from 2013: Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance) has been awarded since 1997. In its early years, its title included the addition "(with or without a conductor)".
In 1991 the Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance also included small ensemble performances.
2012 overhaul and 2013 renaming
In 2012 the category was combined with the Best Chamber Music Performance category.
The restructuring of these categories was a result of the Recording Academy's wish to decrease the list of categories and awards. According to the Academy, "the Chamber category was folded into the Small Ensemble category, the only distinction having been the number of players in the group (Chamber being smaller), and the fact that Small Ensemble recording could, though not necessarily, employ a conductor."  In the new structure, recordings are eligible if the ensemble contains 24 or fewer members, not including the conductor. There is one award for the ensemble and one for the conductor, if applicable.
In 2013, the category was renamed as Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.
Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.
- A Far Cry, David Krakauer (conductor) for Dreams & Prayers
- Steven Isserlis & Olli Mustonen for Martinu': Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-3
- Partch for ''Partch: Castor & Pollux
- New York Polyphony for Sing Thee Nowell
- Leonidas Kavakos & Enrico Pace for Beethoven: Violin Sonatas
- Vicki Ray, William Winant, Aron Kallay & Tom Peters for Cage: The 10,000 Things
- Hélène Grimaud & Sol Gabetta for Duo
- New York Polyphony for Times Go By Turns
- Modern Mandolin Quartet for Americana
- Eighth Blackbird for Meanwhile
- ZOFO Duet for Mind Meld
- Boston Symphony Chamber Players for Profanes et Sacrées
- Los Angeles Percussion Quartet for Rupa-Khandha
- Grammy Awards of 2012
- Gabriela Frank (composer and performer) and Alias Chamber Ensemble for Frank: Hilos
- Richard Savino (conductor) and El Mundo for The Kingdoms of Castille
- Rinde Eckert (librettist/performer) & Steven Mackey (composer/performer) and Eighth Blackbird for Lonely Motel - Music from Slide
- Patrick Dupré Quigley (conductor) and Seraphic Fire for A Seraphic Fire Christmas
- The Bay Brass for Sound The Bells!
- Grammy Awards of 2011
- Grammy Awards of 2006
- Grammy Awards of 2005
- Grammy Awards of 2004
- Jeff von der Schmidt (conductor) & Southwest Chamber Music for "Chávez: Suite for Double Quartet"
- Grammy Awards of 2003
- Grammy Awards of 2002
- Grammy Awards of 2001
- Grammy Awards of 2000
- Grammy Awards of 1999
- Grammy Awards of 1998
- Grammy Awards of 1997