Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Classical

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Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Classical
Awarded forquality classical music production
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awardedFebruary 27, 1980;38 years ago (1980-02-27) (as Grammy Award for Classical Producer of the Year)
Last awarded2017
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Classical is an honor presented to record producers for quality classical music productions at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards. [1] Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". [2]

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Originally known as the Grammy Award for Classical Producer of the Year, the award was first presented to James Mallinson at the 22nd Grammy Awards (1980). The name remained unchanged until 1998, when the category became known as Producer of the Year, Classical. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented to album producers "whose recordings, released for the first time during the eligibility year, represent consistently outstanding creativity in the production of classical recordings". [3] Producers must have produced at least 51% playing time on three separately released recordings (only one of which can be an opera released in DVD format). Producers may submit content as a team only if they worked together exclusively during the period of eligibility. [3] Anthony Tommasini, music critic for The New York Times , asserted that "In the struggling field of classical recording, it's the producers who take the real risks and make things happen." [4] The honor is presented alongside the award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.

James Mallinson was an English record producer. He was the first winner of the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Classical category, and won a total of 16 Grammy Awards in his career.

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As of 2018, Steven Epstein and Robert Woods share the record of the most wins, with seven each. David Frost has six wins, while Judith Sherman has won the award five times. James Mallinson has been presented the award three time. Two-time recipients include Joanna Nickrenz (once alongside Marc Aubort). Woods' wife, Elaine Martone, received the honor in 2007. [5] David Frost is the son of Thomas Frost, [6] who received an award in the same category in 1987.

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Recipients

Year [I] Producer(s)NationalityNomineesRef.
1980 James Mallinson

[7]
1981 Robert Woods

[8]
1982 James Mallinson

[9]
1983 Robert Woods
  • Steven Epstein
  • Jay David Saks
  • Glenn Gould, Samuel Carter
  • James Mallinson

[10]
1984 Marc Aubort and Joanna Nickrenz

[11]
1985 Steven Epstein United States

[12]
1986 Robert Woods

[13]
1987 Thomas Frost

[14]
1988 Robert Woods

[15]
1989 Robert Woods

[16]
1990 Robert Woods
  • Wolf Erichson
  • Michael Haas
  • Patti Laursen
  • Elizabeth Ostrow

[17]
1991 Adam Stern United States

[18]
1992 James Mallinson

[19]
1993 Michael Fine

[20]
1994 Judith Sherman

[21]
1995 Andrew Cornall
  • Anna Barry
  • Wilhelm Hellweg
  • Judith Sherman
  • Max Wilcox

[22]
1996 Steven Epstein United States
  • Andrew Cornall
  • John Fraser
  • Jay David Saks
  • Michael Woolcock

[23]
1997 Joanna Nickrenz

[24]
1998 Steven Epstein United States
  • Wolf Erichson
  • J. Tamblyn Henderson Jr.
  • Andrew Keener
  • Judith Sherman

[25]
1999 Steven Epstein United States

[26]
2000 Adam Abeshouse
  • Andrew Keener
  • Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin
  • Robina G. Young
  • James Mallinson

[27]
2001 Steven Epstein United States

[28]
2002 Manfred Eicher Germany

[29]
2003 Robert Woods

[30]
2004 Steven Epstein United States
  • Manfred Eicher
  • Adam Abeshouse
  • Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin
  • Robina G. Young

[31]
2005 David Frost

[32]
2006 Tim Handley

[33]
2007 Elaine Martone

[34]
2008 Judith Sherman
  • Blanton Alspaugh
  • John Fraser
  • Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin
  • Robina G. Young

[35]
2009 David Frost

[36]
2010 Steven Epstein United States

[37]
2011 David Frost United States

[38]
2012 Judith Sherman

[39]
2013 Blanton Alspaugh

[40]
2014 David Frost United States

[41]
2015 Judith ShermanUnited States

[42]
2016 Judith Sherman

[43]
2017 David Frost

[44]
2018 David Frost

[45]
2019 Blanton Alspaugh
  • David Frost
  • Elizabeth Ostrow
  • Judith Sherman
  • Dirk Sobotka

[46]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

See also

American classical music is music written in the United States in the European classical music tradition. In many cases, beginning in the 18th century, it has been influenced by American folk music styles; and from the 20th century to the present day it has often been influenced by folk, jazz, blues, Native American, and pop styles.

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