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David Frost Biography

David Frost is a recording producer with numerous releases by major labels such as Sony Classical, Decca Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, and RCA Red Seal. Honors include twenty-five Grammy Awards, among them seven for Classical Producer of the Year; four for Best Engineered Classical Album; four for Best Opera Recording for the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” releases of Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten”, Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”  and Terrence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in my Bones” and “Champion”; Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance for the Verdi Requiem with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony; Renée Fleming’s “Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene” and “Verismo”; Sharon Isbin’s “Journey to the New World”; “Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago”; and for the Sony Classical recording “Listen to the Storyteller”, with music by Wynton Marsalis, Edgar Meyer and Patrick Doyle, narrated by Kate Winslet and Graham Greene. He was also the producer for Alicia de Larrocha’s RCA recording of Granados’ Goyescas, which won both a Grammy Award and the Grand Prix du Disque.

He is currently a music producer and mixer for the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” cinema broadcasts, and has served as music producer for WNET’s Great Performances television series, featuring Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, The New York Philharmonic, Andrea Bocelli, Pierre Boulez, The Cleveland Orchestra and The Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Other credits include Yuja Wang and Teddy Abrams’ “The American Project” (which won a Grammy Award in 2024 for Best Classical Instrumental Solo); Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 and Verdi’s Otello with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Riccardo Muti; Renée Fleming’s “Homage: The Age of the Diva” and “Broadway”; Maria Schneider’s “WInter Morning Walks” with Dawn Upshaw (a triple Grammy Award winning album); Gustavo Dudamel’s recording of Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique for Deutsche Grammophon; and the Broadway cast album of Baz Luhrmann’s Production of Puccini’s “La Boheme” for Dreamworks Records. Recent collaborations include recordings of Daniil Trifonov, Neemi Jarvi, Shai Wosner, and the Emerson String Quartet with Evgeny Kissin.

As a staff producer at BMG Classics (RCA Red Seal) for nearly a decade, he collaborated with RCA’s most important artists to create dozens of albums. He has also produced recordings for The Milken Archive, a multi-volume set of Jewish American music released by Naxos. He has been guest faculty at the Banff Centre and the Manhattan School of Music, giving workshops and lectures on record producing.

An accomplished pianist, David Frost has performed Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto at Carnegie Hall and has made two recordings, one titled “Romantic Variations” and one of the music of Scott Joplin. He has both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in solo piano from The Juilliard School of Music.