Schulich School's King, Epstein win Grammy awards

When asked what qualities are needed as a recording engineer, Richard King says “Patience and diplomacy are right at the top of the list.” / Photo: Owen Egan
Two albums engineered by Schulich School of Music professor Richard King won Grammys awards last night. / Photo: Owen Egan

By Chris Chipello

It was a good evening at the Grammy awards for the Schulich School of Music.

Professor Richard King added to his collection of prizes on Sunday, as two albums that he engineered won Grammys at the annual awards event in Los Angeles.  And music producer and adjunct professor Steven Epstein was awarded the Grammy for Producer of the Year (Classical).

King earned recognition for his work on Renée Fleming’s Verismo Arias, winner of the Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Performance.  He was also the engineer for Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy And Peace, which was named Best Classical Crossover Album. Epstein was also recognized for his work on that album.

Epstein, who has also won a number of Grammy awards previously as a producer, is an adjunct professor in Schulich’s graduate program in Sound Recording.  His next teaching visit is scheduled in mid-March.

King joined the Schulich faculty last summer.  He earned his Master’s degree in Sound Recording at McGill in 1991, and went on to work for many years with Sony Music Studios.  He continues to pursue recording projects in New York while teaching in Montreal.

The Grammy is considered the preeminent peer-recognized prize for musical excellence.