Martha de Francisco

McGill University

Martha de Francisco is a record producer and recording engineer specializing in Classical music. She is a professor for Sound Recording at McGill University in Montreal.

An internationally acknowledged leader in the field of sound recording and record production, de Francisco has recorded with some of the greatest classical musicians of our time for the major record labels and in the best concert halls. She has credits on hundreds of recordings, mostly for worldwide release, many distinguished with the most prestigious awards.

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. On staff as producer/engineer/editor with Philips Classics, she developed long lasting working relationships with many prominent artists.

Among her recording artists are Claudio Arrau, the Beaux Arts Trio, Alfred Brendel, Christoph Eschenbach, Nelson Freire, John Eliot Gardiner, Matthias Goerne, Håkan Hardenberger, Heinz Holliger, Lang Lang, Gustav Leonhardt, Jan Lisiecki, Neville Marriner, Truls Mørk, Anne Sophie Mutter, Kent Nagano, Jessye Norman, Simon Rattle, Sviatoslav Richter, Lara St John, Daniel Taylor, the New Orford String Quartet, the Clarion Choir, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Wiener Philharmoniker.

She has recorded in a variety of venues throughout 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.

Martha de Francisco is appointed as Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology CIRMMT. Her research topics include surround-sound techniques, music recording with virtual acoustics, studies on piano brightness and the aesthetics of recorded music. She was the producer/Tonmeister of the acclaimed research and production project “The Virtual Haydn”, an extensive practical study on acoustics and interpretation.

Martha de Francisco is a frequent lecturer at international professional conferences, a regular judge at international student recording competitions as well as a sought-after guest lecturer at leading schools for higher education in Audio in various countries.