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Palatine Recordings — Rob Gwynn

With an electronic engineering degree and twenty-four years in the semiconductor industry as a product and test engineer, founder Rob Gwynn decided to return in 1997 to recording classical music as he had done in the Bay Area as an avocation during the late 70s and early 80s. Rob has been an avid audiophile since high school and began by recording high school plays & musicals. After graduation from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he pursued live performance recording of such Bay Area groups as the San Jose State University Concert Choir and Choraliers (for conductor Charlene Archibeque), as well as the San Jose Symphony and Peninsula Symphony (on a substitue basis).

Recording and producing CDs for the Palatine label was not Rob's original intention, but several projects presented themselves with internationally known pianists, Igor Kipnis & Karen Kushner, The Kipnis-Kushner Duo, as well as aclaimed fortepianist, Richard Fuller, an American who pursues his career in Vienna. Almost simultaneously, Rob began a five year project with Bay Area pianist & musicologist, Ray McIntyre, by recording all 216 Pièces de Clavecin of François Couperin on modern piano. These artists represent the core group to which have recently been added talented duo guitarists, Bill Hearn & Scott Plato, The Hearn-Plato Duo.

Rob has played piano since age six and continues to pursue classical music study of both modern piano and fortepiano. This blend of experience in music performance, audio technology and years of critical listening contribute to Rob's editing and mastering skills.

Palatine Recordings — John Frazee

John Frazee brings with him twenty years experience as an Engineer/Audio Engineer for Oregon Public Broadcasting. In this capacity, John provided technical supervision of audio production personnel for both studio and field audio, including all training both basic and advanced. John was responsible for audio engineering services including; mixing nationally syndicated radio shows, national network feeds of major political debates, and many different types of studio television productions. This required technical coordination between talent, crews, transmission facilities (scheduling uplink, ISDN, telephone lines, etc.), performance halls, and end users.

John pioneered a digital audio recording and editing program for the Oregon Symphony, Chamber Music Northwest and other local classical musical institutions. He has worked as a freelance assistant engineer with noted recording engineers, John Eargle and Michael Fine. Albums to John's credit as recording engineer include Aaron Copeland's "Suite From The Tenderland," produced for Koch International, as well as a yet unreleased recording of David Schiff's "Gimpel The Fool." Additionally, John and Rob co-engineered a complete recording of the chamber version of Aaron Copeland's, The Tender Land, a world premier release also for Koch International.



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