Martha de Francisco is a record producer and recording engineer specializing in Classical music. A native of Colombia, she has established a prominent international career for over thirty years, invited to produce recordings with the most distinguished artists in the world, including soloists such as Alfred Brendel, Jessye Norman, and Lang Lang, conductors Sir Simon Rattle and James Levine, and orchestras such as those of Vienna, Philadelphia, and Montreal.
A graduate of the renowned Tonmeister program at the Musikhochschule Detmold, Germany, de Francisco was one of the pioneers of digital recording and editing in Europe during the 1980s. On staff as producer/engineer/editor with Philips Classics, she developed long lasting working relationships with many prominent artists.
Martha has recorded for the major record labels and in the most prominent music venues in the world. Her recordings have received numerous major awards in Europe and in North America.
Martha de Francisco is currently a tenured Associate Professor at McGill University and a member of McGill’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), where she contributes to the reputation of her academic program as a worldwide leader in its field. Her research interests include music recording with virtual acoustics, critical listening studies, and the aesthetics of recorded music.
Martha is a frequent lecturer at international professional conferences, a regular judge at international student recording competitions, and a sought-after guest lecturer at leading schools for higher education in Audio in various countries. She is fluent in six languages.
Martha de Francisco has previously served as an expert witness in a case of suspected music piracy, and she has also moderated a panel bringing together lawyers and recording practitioners at the Audio Engineering Society in 2013, entitled, “The Timeline Never Lies: Audio Engineers Aiding Forensic Investigators in Cases of Suspected Music Piracy”
As a special note, Martha’s mentoring of women engineers and producers is enabling the creation of new women leaders in different places in the world. She has worked to improve the status of women in a male-dominated industry.