Meet the Man Behind the Earphones
John OstendorfVoxAmaDeus’ master recording producer, in conversation with Richard A. Shapp
|Vox recording session|
RAS: John, how and when did you begin your association with Valentin Radu and VoxAmaDeus?
JO: My nearly 20-year association with Valentin Radu and VoxAmaDeus coincided with the winding-up of my active singing career and my move to a full-time concentration on record producing. The two endeavors had overlapped for some time—more on that later. I'd just produced a Bach solo album for soprano Julianne Baird, a longtime vocal colleague and friend in Philadelphia. She introduced me to Valentin Radu; we hit it off instantly and planned a period-instrument Messiah recording for the VOX label—a happy coincidence. That went really well, and two decades and about thirty recordings (maybe more?) later, we're still at it.