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John Pellowe to receive lifetime achievement trophy at Pro Sound Awards

"It's a terrific surprise and a huge honour to be selected for this prestigious Pro Sound Award," says the Grammy Award winner.

Renowned recording engineer and consultant John Pellowe will be named as the recipient of the second Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pro Sound Awards on 25 September. Editors from Intent Media titles Audio Pro International,Audio MediaInstallation EuropeTVBEurope and PSNEurope quickly came to the unanimous decision to present Pellowe with the trophy earlier this week.

“It’s a terrific surprise and a huge honour to be selected for this prestigious Pro Sound Award,” says the Grammy Award winner.

John Pellowe’s international career has encompassed recording engineering, live broadcast engineering, concert sound reinforcement and acoustics. As a recording engineer for Decca he made over 200 albums with many of the world’s best-known artists in venues renowned for outstanding acoustics. Many of his recordings achieved critical acclaim and numerous awards, including a Grammy for Best Engineering.

As sound engineering director for opera legends Luciano Pavarotti and The Three Tenors (Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras), he participated in more than 30 world tours, engineering and mixing 300 major concerts and numerous live TV and radio broadcasts. Credits include the world’s biggest selling classical album, The Three Tenors in Concert, live from Rome for the 1990 World Cup.

He is a consultant to the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela and has made regular trips to the country for major outdoor concerts conducted by their rising young star, Gustavo Dudamel.Since 2006 he has worked for Meyer Sound Laboratories, helping establish the Constellation Acoustics System, a technology whereby a concert hall’s acoustic can be optimised to suit different types of music or performance.

“I could never have been considered for this Pro Sound Award had I not been supported by a myriad of gifted and hard working colleagues throughout the years,” says Pellowe, “and I would like to express my deepest appreciation to each and every one of them.”

John Pellowe will receive his trophy at the second Pro Sound Awards, to be held at the Ministry of Sound in London on 25 September. Over a dozen award winners from across the broad spectrum of pro audio (Installed Sound, Live Sound, Studio and Broadcast Audio) will be revealed on the night.

Headline sponsor for the event is Sennheiser, with further sponsorship provided by Martin Audio and Sony, and more sponsors to be announced. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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