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Classical music recording engineer and producer, Brad Michel, is a leading figure in the field, recognized for his exceptional ability to capture the essence of acoustic music. Trained as a classical musician at both Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music, Brad's passion for the creative synergy between microphones and music blossomed during his time working in the studios at Eastman.

With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Brad has held notable positions at The Boston University School of Music and Soundmirror Inc. His extensive collaboration with Harmonia Mundi USA, spanning over 25 years, resulted in hundreds of productions that established him, alongside Robina Young, Harmonia Mundi's executive producer and artistic director, as one of the most prolific and respected recording teams in recent years. Brad is currently Senior Producer, North America for Parma Recordings, and owner of Clarion Productions in Newton Massachusetts.

Lauded by both the music and audiophile press, Brad's past recordings have garnered prestigious awards, including The 2021 Inaugural Gramophone Award for Spatial Audio, The BBC Music Magazine Award for Technical Excellence in Recording, multiple Gramophone Awards, Gramophone Critic’s Choice Awards, multiple Grammy Awards and nominations, Classic FM Record of the Year, Juno Awards, Diapason d'or de l'année, Cannes Classical Award, Der Deutscher Schallplatten Preis, and The Edison Award. His recordings are frequently featured on audiophile lists, including Stereophile’s Record of the Month, Records to Die For, The New York Times Year's Best List, and The Absolute Sound’s Golden Ear awards.

Throughout his career, Brad has collaborated with esteemed groups such as The English Concert, Academy of Ancient Music, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stile Antico, Anonymous 4, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Frieburger Barockorchester, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Conspirare, Voces8, Tafelmusik, Tokyo String Quartet, and with renowned artists including Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr, Paul Hillier, Daniele Gatti, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Jon Nakamatsu, Olga Kern, and Paul O’Dette. Recent associations include producing a multi-year recording project with the St. Louis Symphony and Maestro Stéphane Denève, serving as a guest lecturer at the Boston University College of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, and Longy School of Music of Bard College, as well as venturing into the world of video game music with Artifice Studio Montreal and members of the Boston Camerata.

© 2013 by BRAD MICHEL.

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