PITTSBURGH— The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Heinz Hall are pleased to announce the appointment of Harold F. Chambers III to the position of recording engineer. He will join the symphony for its 2013-14 season and will principally be responsible for recording all of subscription series concerts, which will be the basis of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s syndicated radio series.
The Pittsburgh Symphony was an early influence on Chambers, who grew up just south of the city.
“The Pittsburgh Symphony was my first experience with live classical music and a significant influence on my decision to study music,” Chambers said. “It will always have a special meaning to me. Being able to join such a prestigious organization and contribute to the arts in my hometown is truly an honor. I’m thrilled to be home.”
Chambers comes to the symphony following a career in commercial and non-commercial broadcasting of more than 20 years, including positions with American Public Media, WKSU-FM in Kent, Ohio, and most notably WQXR-FM in New York where he served as director of operations for more than a decade. He also maintains an active career as a producer and engineer for a select group of clients spanning classical, jazz and pop genres.
Chambers is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with degrees in recording arts and sciences and saxophone performance.
For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been an essential part of the city’s cultural landscape. The Pittsburgh Symphony, known for its artistic excellence, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians, and a strong commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its citizens. This tradition was furthered in 2007, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director.
With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas since 1900, the Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. The Pittsburgh Symphony has made 40 international tours, including 20 European tours, eight trips to the Far East and two to South America. Under the baton of Gilbert Levine, the Pittsburgh Symphony was the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican in January 2004 for the late Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration.
The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the symphony broadcast coast-to-coast, receiving increased national attention in 1982 through network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International (PRI). The PRI series is produced by Classical WQED-FM 89.3 in Pittsburgh and is made possible by the musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.