Recording Engineer

“This recording now stands high on my list to illustrate how nearly reproduced music can approach the beauty of the real thing.”
-Robert Greene of The Absolute Sound (commenting on an Elgar CD performed by the English Chamber Orchestra, engineered by Brad Michel)


Boston recording engineer Brad Michel, is recording engineer for Denouement Records and Harmonia Mundi records. He is owner of Clarion Productions in Newton, MA and is a frequent contributor to classical music recordings in the U.S.A. and Europe. Mr. Michel completed his undergraduate studies in music at Northwestern University and continued with graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music where he earned a Master of Performance and Literature Degree. While performing with The Eastman School's major ensembles, including stints as solo cornet with the famed Eastman Wind Ensemble, Mr. Michel began his professional recording career as engineer at the school's Kresge Recording Studios. He subsequently held the positions of Manager of Recording Studios at the Boston University School of Music and as Recording Engineer, Producer, and Editor at Soundmirror, Inc. in Boston.

Mr. Michel began engineering recordings for Harmonia Mundi U.S.A. in 1991 and has been involved in the production of over 100 CDs for that label. In addition to his work for Harmonia Mundi U.S.A. and Denouement Records he has production credits on labels including Analekta, Angel, Telarc, EMI, Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, Albany, GM, New World, Centaur, Boston Records, Summit, D’note, Ongaku, Delos, Dorian, Denon, and CRI Records. Mr. Michel has been involved in numerous productions that have garnered distinctions including The Gramophone Award, Gramophone Critic's Choice Award, Classic FM Record of the Year (England), Diapason d`Or, Cannes Classical Award (France), Der Deutscher Schallplatten Preis (Germany), The Edison Award (The Netherlands), Felix, Prix Opus, and The Juno Award (Canada). These recordings have often been praised by the audiophile press and are included in such lists as Stereophile’s Record of the Month, Records to Die For, and The Absolute Sound's Golden Ear awards.