December 10, 2013
Classical categories are always way down on the list of nominations for the GRAMMYS, and when you get to categories 71 and beyond, don't look for Bay Area artists — this is not their year. Unless I am missing "locals," the only possible names are Victor and Marina Ledin, nominated for Producer of the Year... again.
The 2013 GRAMMY nomination as "Producer of the Year: Classical" is the sixth time their Encore Consultants LLC of San Rafael have been so honored by the Recording Academy, after 1999, 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2012.
Asked about this impressive record, Victor and Marina Ledin told SFCV:
Our residence/studio in San Rafael is where many projects get edited and where we do historic audio restorations. However, all of the recordings this year for which we are being honored (there are four releases listed), were recorded at Skywalker Sound in Marin County.
We work with many record companies, including the Bay Area audiophile label Reference Recordings (two of the CDs were released by them, including Bizet Symphony in C; Jeux d'Enfants; Variations Chromatiques (Martin West conducting the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; engineered by Keith O. Johnson), and European Music for Flute and Guitar, with Viviana Guzmán, flute and Jérémy Jouve). Also, this year, with EMI (Conrad Tao: Music by Monk, Rachmaninov, Ravel and Tao) and the Virginia-based label, Sono Luminus (ZIA, Del Sol String Quartet), both of which were engineered by Leslie Ann Jones.
The Ledins' Encore Consultants is an international freelance music production, research, development, and marketing firm. They act as consultant/project coordinators to major record labels, classical artists, and performance organizations.
Encore Consultants owns and operates Pleasant Lane Studio, one of only 10 state-of-the-art CEDAR® restoration facilities in the U.S. The company has produced more than 200 recordings in major concert halls and studios worldwide.