International Publication Gramophone Magazine Recognizes UMKC Conservatory Alumni


The UMKC Conservatory is delighted to announce that Gramophone magazine named UMKC Conservatory alum and pianist R. Andrew Lee's recording of William Duckworth's The Time Curve Preludes as a 2012 Critic's Choice, in its December 2012 issue, writing, "Andrew Lee's recent recording is a fitting tribute to one of the unsung composer heroes of the 20th century, who sadly passed away earlier this year." 

The Time Curve Preludes recording is from the Kansas City label, Irritable Hedgehog, the publishing imprint of Conservatory alum David D. McIntire (DMA Composition, 2009) and offers select recordings of minimalist and postminimalist repertoire, along with acting as the main conduit for McIntire's compositions. 

McIntire said, "It's truly startling to see one's work reviewed so favorably in a publication such as Gramophone. We've prided ourselves on making superb recordings all along, but this affirmation was truly unexpected. Our CDs are genuine UMKC productions, with Conservatory Recording Engineer Bob Beck (MFA, UMKC Department of Theatre, 1999) doing our engineering. Andy and I are both alums, as is composer Scott Unrein (who does the graphics for our covers), and of course the Conservatory's Cass Steinway is an important component. We are further abetted by two Northwestern graduates, Eric Honour (who does our mastering), and Will Robin who does the excellent notes for our CDs now. We feel very fortunate to have such a superb team in place."

Gramophone magazine is an international publication from London, England and a leading authority on recorded classical music, calling itself "The world's authority on classical music since 1923." The publication reviews thousands of recordings annually, most from leading international labels, making the selection of a recording from the local imprint, Irritable Hedgehog even more exciting, highlighting the fact that excellence in music, entrepreneurship, and performance are all part of the UMKC Conservatory's ongoing international contribution.

The Steinway D piano in the Duckworth recording is one of the first made on the Conservatory's "Cass" Steinway D, an instrument the Conservatory Alumni Society helped the institution acquire to celebrate the career of the late piano professor Richard Cass.

R. Andrew Lee received his DMA in Piano Performance, and studied with John McIntyre.


For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949