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Biography
Lawrence Rock

Lawrence Rock has been Audio Director of the New York Philharmonic since 1997, overseeing all audio activities including recording, broadcasting, and live sound. His recent projects include producing New York Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel: The Complete Mahler Symphonies, Live; Deutsche Grammophon’s New York Philharmonic DG Concerts downloads; and a Deutsche Grammophon recording of music by Richard Strauss, performed by the Philharmonic. He is also the recording and mastering engineer and co-producer of the new iTunes Pass titled Alan Gilbert: The Inaugural Season, produced and distributed by the New York Philharmonic. In 2005 Mr. Rock received three Grammy Awards for John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls, for which he served as co-producer with the composer, and in 1997 he won a Grammy for engineering an album of works by Aaron Copland, performed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. For the Philharmonic’s own recording label, New York Philharmonic Special Editions™, Mr. Rock co-produced the Grammy-nominated CD Sweeney Todd: Live at the New York Philharmonic and the 10-CD set Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic. He has also made recordings with the Chicago, Houston, and Milwaukee symphony orchestras.

“You need an aesthetic point of view to use technology to make a recording, and knowledge of the repertoire and what is an appropriate kind of sound. ”

Q&A with Lawrence Rock

THE FACTS: Born in Morristown, New Jersey; moved to Chicago at age 17. Attended University of Illinois. Worked for 13 years at radio station WFMT, Chicago. As a freelance engineer, made recordings with the orchestras of Chicago, Houston, Milwaukee, and St. Louis. Recipient of four Grammy Awards and an Emmy Award. At the Philharmonic: Began in 1997.

DESCRIBE YOUR JOB: I am responsible for all audio activities: recording, producing, and mastering releases for broadcasts, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more. I also oversee live-sound needs, both indoors and out.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PROJECT AT THE PHILHARMONIC? In 1997 the Philharmonic returned to the air with live radio broadcasts. I was hired for that project and to make archival recordings suitable for commercial release. I worked on Philharmonic Special Editions™ releases, including An American Celebration, the Bernstein Live broadcasts, and Sweeney Todd (2000).

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I gained my early experience at WFMT in Chicago. I had wonderful opportunities working with live chamber, orchestral, and operatic performances. I’m gaining experience every day here at the Philharmonic: there are always new challenges in technology and new ventures.

DID YOU STUDY MUSIC? I played the trumpet for about a dozen years. My mother was very musical, and I was exposed to classical music at home and fell in love with it. I became interested in radio and enjoyed listening to radio theater.

WHAT IS THE SECRET TO RECORDING A LIVE CONCERT? Having an aesthetic point of view to use technology to make a recording, and having knowledge of the repertoire and what is an appropriate kind of sound. It’s capturing the essence of the performances in a sonically balanced representation of the Orchestra.

WHAT’S THE MOST CHALLENGING PHILHARMONIC PROJECT YOU’VE WORKED ON? The set of Mahler’s complete symphonies under then Music Director Lorin Maazel

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE PHILHARMONIC? Working with the Philharmonic in other venues, such as Park Avenue Armory and anywhere else the Philharmonic may find itself in the years to come

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? An approval copy of our latest release and Music Together, a collection of songs for kids, with my four-year-old daughter

FAVORITE PHILHARMONIC RECORDINGS: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Bruno Walter from the early ’50s (my first LP and a gift from my grandparents), and Pierre Boulez’s Petrushka

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK? My favorite activity is hiking, which is great to do during the Orchestra’s summer residencies in Vail. I also enjoy swimming, ice skating, and hanging out with my kids.

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