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Cicerone interviews Grammy Award winning producer Michael Fine

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Michael Fine is widely acknowledged as one of the top producers of classical music recordings in the world and holds a Grammy Award for Classical Producer of the Year. He has numerous best sellers to his credit including Gold and Platinum recordings in several countries. Additionally, he has been artistic manager of orchestras including the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Seoul Philharmonic and Gergiev Festival Rotterdam.  As a clarinetist, Michael is a regular performer at Festival Mozaic and the Tongyeong International Festival and has performed chamber music on three continents. Fine began composing after age sixty calling it ‘the natural evolution of everything I have done in music.' A recording of his orchestral music with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra was recently released by the French label Evidence. In 2017, Fine was named Composer-in-Residence at the first edition of Habana Clásica, Cuba's first international classical music festival, a role he repeated in 2018. 

The scores of composer Michael Fine are born from his improvisations on the piano and are nourished by his travels and his readings: his music derives from a poetic imagination and carries therefore lots of visual evocations. His most recent recording; Seasons, references locations from Korea and its palaces (At the Gate) to Scotland and the writer Alexander McCall Smith (Brother Fox), the world and its landscapes pass by over the seasons (Seasonal Rites) as you listen to it. What's more, as himself a performer, Michael Fine has written music for musicians. This recording is the faithful testimony of a collective adventure where musicians share their pleasure to play and then offer it to the public.

Cicerone interviewed Fine about composing.     READ THE Q&A