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Cedille Mourns the Passing of Deborah Sobol

Rachel Barton Pine’s Violin Lullabies debuts at #1 on Billboard magazine’s Traditional Classical Albums chart

Rachel Barton Pine interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered

eighth blackbird wins Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for meanwhile

Cedille President Jim Ginsburg gives talk on Trends in the Classical Record Business

Cedille hosts reception for violinist Jennifer Koh following her New York Philharmonic subscription concert debut

Cedille President Jim Ginsburg receives Ruth D. and Ken M. Davee Excellence in the Arts Award from the Illinois Philharmonic
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Cedille President James Ginsburg named a Jewish Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Jewish News
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Chicago Sinfonietta chief Paul Freeman passes the baton
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Chicago Classical Recording Foundation Receives Capacity Building Grant
The Chicago Classical Recording Foundation thanks The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince (Prince Charitable Trusts) for its just-announced, one-time Capacity Building Grant of $25,000 to help us build new fundraising programs to sustain the community-based artistic mission of our Foundation.

Cedille founder Jim Ginsburg interviewed by West Virginia Public Radio
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Cedille Founder/President James Ginsburg receives 2010 Achievement Award from The Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Charitable Foundation for the Arts
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Video about the Beethoven Project Trio
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Cedille Records Loses a Friend
Martin David Ginsburg (1932–2010)

On Sunday, June 27, 2010, Cedille Records lost a great friend when Martin David Ginsburg, a Chicago Classical Recording Foundation board member and father of Cedille President and producer James Ginsburg, passed away. For more on Martin Ginsburg, click here to read his “official” biography, which demonstrates the wry sense of humor for which Marty was known and loved. He will be greatly missed.

The Beethoven Project Trio Debuts on Billboard Classical Chart
The Beethoven Project Trio’s new CD of Beethoven rarities, including the world premiere recording of his Trio in E-flat, Hess 47 debuted on the Billboard Classical Chart of best-selling albums at #24 the first week of June 2010.

Jennifer Higdon Awarded 2010 Pulitzer Prize
Cedille Records congratulates composer Jennifer Higdon for winning the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in music for her Violin Concerto. You can hear Higdon's music on the Cedille titles String Poetic and strange imaginary animals.

Chicago Tribune names Cedille Founder/President James Ginsburg a "Chicagoan of the Year" for 2009
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Grammy Award Nominee
Oppens Plays Carter scores Grammy nomination in the classical category “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra).” Full list of 52nd Annual Grammy Award nominees here.

Cedille Records Turns 20
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The Thresholds Prize Winner by Jim Ginsburg 06/04/2007 (
In last week's post, Thresholds Play-a-thon co-founder Camille Witos told the story of how one of her students, a 12-year-old named Maddy, got a chance to record a professionally produced CD at the WFMT studio by raising money for an organization that helps mentally-ill homeless people. This week's guest post tells the story of that recording session from the perspective of Maddy herself... read more

The Thresholds Prize by Jim Ginsburg 05/28/2007 (

Sorry I have been absent from these pages for a while. Today's guest post is by Camille Witos, co-founder of the Thresholds Play-a-thon. In an earlier post, I explained how Cedille Records and I got involved in offering the grand prize for this event (with help from WFMT) in support of an organization that works to rehabilitate the mentally-ill homeless. This week's story comes from the perspective of the teacher of the winning piano student. Next week, I will publish the thoughts of the piano student herself... read more

Reflections on the music industry by Cindy Ross 02/12/2007 (
Today's post is by Cedille Records' Business Manager, Cindy Ross, who wrote this upon her return from the annual record industry conference known as MIDEM. Cindy went to strengthen our relationships with our distributors around the world and to find distributors for Cedille where we don't have them, but her observations here are far more wide-ranging than her professional mission might suggest... read more

Operating as the Chicago community’s classical record label by Jim Ginsburg 11/27/2006
( Recently, my six-year-old daughter’s violin teacher, Jon Feller (dba Andersonville Suzuki Academy), emailed me to ask whether Cedille Records could help a fellow Chicago not-for-profit organization (Cedille is owned and operated by the not-for-profit Chicago Classical Recording Foundation). Thresholds, an agency that aids mentally-ill homeless people, was about to stage a music student “Play-A-Thon” at Holy Name Cathedral to raise money... read more

Many Ways to Skin a Recording by Jim Ginsburg 09/25/2006 (

Recording is the process of transcribing a performance for posterity. The "performance" can be a single live production or an "idealized" performance -- the edited composite of many play-throughs. In my experience, the approaches to recording fall into four categories... read more

Introducing Cedille Records by Jim Ginsburg 09/05/2006 (
As the newest partner in this venture, I thought I would use this first post to introduce Cedille Records and explain what we do. Founded in 1989, Cedille Records (pronounced “say-DEE”) is the only classical record label based in Chicago (and the first to headquarter here since the heyday of Mercury Living Presence in the 1950s). Cedille is devoted to promoting the efforts of the finest musicians, ensembles, and composers in and from the Chicago area... read more

Behind the music. Law-student-turned-producer James Ginsburg, AB’87, strikes a chord with local artists (October 2006; University of Chicago Magazine)
“Beware of dog,” cautions a sign taped to the door of the Chicago Classical Recording Foundation. On a rainy Thursday in May the fearsome canine, a fuzzy American Eskimo named Mauja, sleeps peacefully under a desk inside the storefront office. Cubbies lining the far wall hold dozens of CDs--all from the organization’s Cedille (pronounced say-DEE) Records label. A back storage room houses thousands more. Across the street, four chimes from a church bell tower mark the afternoon hour... read more

A Classic Among the Classics. Jim Ginsburg put Chicago on the classical music map with his Cedille Records label (December 2003; Conscious Choice Chicago)
Chicago, in addition to its long history as one of America’s prime breeding grounds for renown jazz and blues players, has a well deserved reputation for developing some of this country’s finest contemporary classical composers and musicians. Once these artists develop however, they need outlets to display and nurture their talents... read more