Professional Review

Professional Review


Martha de Francisco

Education Background
"Diplom-Tonmeister" degree at the Musikhochschule Detmold, Germany.

Employment History
Associate Professor, McGill University, Montreal Quebec, Canada.
1986 - 1999
Producer/Tonmeister at Philips Classics Productions/Philips Music Group, Baarn and Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1981 - 1985
Tonmeister at Soundstream Gmbh, Gütersloh, Germany
1980 - 1981
Sound designer at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Germany


MARTHA DE FRANCISCO is an Associate Professor of Sound Recording at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, an internationally recognized record producer, a researcher, an educator and a mentor of students. She has established a prominent international career as a leading record producer/engineer for classical music, and she has been invited to produce recordings with some of the world's most significant performers and recording stars, at renowned music institutions and venues around the world and for major record labels. As a producer, initially for Philips Classics in Europe, de Francisco developed longstanding working relationships with distinguished musicians, soloists, singers and symphony orchestras in Europe and the Americas. Her discography is extensive, and her recordings have received numerous major awards and distinctions. Originally from Colombia and a graduate from the renowned Tonmeister program at the Musikhochschule Detmold, Germany, de Francisco was one of the pioneers of digital recording and editing in Europe during the 1980s. As a researcher she has led innovative projects on music performance in virtual acoustics, critical listening and auditory analysis, and interdisciplinary studies in timbre and musical blending. Deeply committed to education, in addition to her teaching at McGill University she is a sought-after guest lecturer at leading schools for higher education in audio in Europe, North and South America. She has been an elected AES Governor.

AES Awards
In 2019, Martha de Francisco was presented with the AES Fellowship Award for conspicuous commitment to audio education and mentorship and support of the Audio Engineering Society.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations
She has recorded for the major record labels and in the most prominent music venues in the world including the Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Moscow Conservatoire, Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Her recordings have received numerous major awards in Europe including Gramophone, Orphée d'Or de l'Académie du Disque Lyrique, and German Record Critics awards, and in North America (Grammy and Juno awards and nominations). In 2015 she was awarded the Woman of Distinction Award, Category Arts and Culture of the Y Foundation in Montreal. The laudation was presented by Kent Nagano.


Lang Lang 『Piano Magic』- Producer
Alain Lefèvre『Opus 7: Préludes』 - Producer
Nelson Freire : Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2; Études, Op. 10; Barcarolle, Op. 60 - Recording Producer, Producer
Alfred Brendel: Recital 1991 - Balance Engineer, Producer, Tape Editor

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Martha de Francisco
Associate Professor
Department of Music Research
The Schulich School of Music of McGill University
CIRMMT Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology



is an internationally recognized recording engineer and producer of acoustic music for the recording, radio, television, and film industries. His music recordings have received eleven Grammy and Latin Grammy awards and 28 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations; radio productions have received two George Foster Peabody Awards and television productions have received two Emmy nominations. In 2013 and 2018, Jim won the Grammy for Best Surround Album (Patricia Barber's "Modern Cool" - 2013 - and Jane Ira Bloom's "Early Americans" - 2018) and was nominated for Best Surround Album in 2014 with Jane Ira Bloom's "Sixteen Sunsets." His latest Grammy nomination (2022) is for Patricia Barber’s album “Clique!” in the Best Immersive Sound Album category.

A graduate of the Duquesne University School of Music in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jim was awarded with the music school's first Alumni Achievement Award in May 2018. He is also a professor with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

Jim was also the President of the Audio Engineering Society (AES).


is a sound engineer and producer of acoustic music in the radio, television and recording industries. Her recordings have received multiple international nominations and awards: two Echo Klassik Awards, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenindustrie, Ars Acoustica, Diapason d’Or, a Grammy Nomination and many others.

In 2015, the BRKlassik production of Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” featuring the choir and symphony orchestra of Bayerischer Rundfunk, conducted by Bernard Haitink, received a Grammy Nomination for “Best Choral Performance.”

Ulrike received her Tonmeister degree from the Hochschule der Künste Berlin (University of The Arts Berlin), Germany. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in “Innovation and Business Creation” from Technische Universität München (Technical University Munich), Germany.

From 2001 to 2015 Ulrike was employed by Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich, Germany, as a senior sound engineer for large orchestral and jazz productions.

Ulrike’s production of Gisle Kverndokk’s “Symphonic Dances” was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Immersive Audio Album category, 2020. Her latest Grammy nomination (2022) is for Patricia Barber’s album “Clique!” in the Best Immersive Sound Album category.


Jane Ira Bloom's "Early Americans" - Grammy Winner!

Patricia Barber’s GRAMMY NOMINATED ALBUM “Clique!” available on CD, SACD, Stereo and5.1 Surround Sound and High Resolution Download and all streaming services.

White Lotus is multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Min Xiao-Fen’s original soundtrack to The Goddess, a 1934 silent film from China’s cinematic golden age. White Lotus also features acclaimed guitarist Rez Abbasi. Recorded in DXD, White Lotus is available in CD and High Resolution download. “White Lotus” was recorded and mixed by Jim Anderson and mastered by Ulrike Schwarz.

“Higher” Patricia Barber’s latest release featuring “Angels, Birds, and I…” available in high resolution stereo and 5.1 surround through IMPEX Records and Native DSD

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