Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Classical

Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Classical
Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Classical
A gold gramophone trophy with a plaque set on a table
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality classical music production
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Country United States
First awarded 1980
Last awarded 2011
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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]

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.

As of 2011, Steven Epstein and Robert Woods share the record of the most wins, with seven each. David Frost and Mallinson have been presented the award three times each. Two-time recipients include Joanna Nickrenz (once alongside Marc Aubort), and Judith Sherman. 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.



Year[I] Producer(s) Nationality Nominees Ref.
1980 Mallinson, JamesJames Mallinson
1981 Woods, RobertRobert Woods [7]
1982 Mallinson, JamesJames Mallinson
1983 Woods, RobertRobert Woods
1984 Aubort, MarcMarc Aubort and Joanna Nickrenz
1985 Epstein, StevenSteven Epstein  United States
1986 Woods, RobertRobert Woods
1987 Frost, ThomasThomas Frost
1988 Woods, RobertRobert Woods
1989 Woods, RobertRobert Woods
1990 Woods, RobertRobert Woods
  • Wolf Erichson
  • Michael Haas
  • Patti Laursen
  • Elizabeth Ostrow
1991 Stern, AdamAdam Stern  United States
1992 Mallinson, JamesJames Mallinson
1993 Fine, MichaelMichael Fine [9]
1994 Sherman, JudithJudith Sherman
1995 Cornall, AndrewAndrew Cornall
  • Anna Barry
  • Wilhelm Hellweg
  • Judith Sherman
  • Max Wilcox
1996 Epstein, StevenSteven Epstein  United States
  • Andrew Cornall
  • John Fraser
  • Jay David Saks
  • Michael Woolcock
1997 Nickrenz, JoannaJoanna Nickrenz [12]
1998 Epstein, StevenSteven Epstein  United States
  • Wolf Erichson
  • J. Tamblyn Henderson Jr.
  • Andrew Keener
  • Judith Sherman
1999 Epstein, StevenSteven Epstein  United States [14]
2000 Abeshouse, AdamAdam Abeshouse
  • Andrew Keener
  • Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin
  • James Mallinson
  • Robina G. Young
2001 Epstein, StevenSteven Epstein  United States [16]
2002 Eicher, ManfredManfred Eicher  Germany [17]
2003 Woods, RobertRobert Woods [18]
2004 Epstein, StevenSteven Epstein  United States
  • Adam Abeshouse
  • Manfred Eicher
  • Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin
  • Robina G. Young
2005 Frost, DavidDavid Frost [20]
2006 Handley, TimTim Handley [21]
2007 Martone, ElaineElaine Martone [22]
2008 Sherman, JudithJudith Sherman
  • Blanton Alspaugh
  • John Fraser
  • Marina A. Ledin and Victor Ledin
  • Robina G. Young
2009 Frost, DavidDavid Frost
  • David Groves
  • Judith Sherman
  • Robert Woods
  • Robina G. Young
2010 Epstein, StevenSteven Epstein  United States [25]
2011 Frost, DavidDavid Frost  United States [26]

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

See also


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