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Dr. Adrian Carr

Adjunct Lecturer of Music

Composer and pianist Adrian Carr received his B.M. degree from The Juilliard School and M.F.A from Princeton University. Then after 30 years of working in the music industry, Adrian returned to Princeton to earn his Ph.D. using his industry experience as a basis for writing his dissertation. His primary teachers have been Morton Feldman, Paul Lansky, Milton Babbitt, Josef Raieff and Robert Taub. He is on the faculty of State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, University of Vermont, and The Ontario Institute of Audio and Recording Arts.

After earning his M.F.A. from Princeton, Dr. Carr founded Music Designs Inc., a recording studio in Midtown Manhattan that became recognized for its excellence in acoustic recording. He went on to work with Vlado Meller at SONY Mastering and opened his first mastering studio in 1998. During his twenty years in New York, Adrian worked on hundreds of recording projects and received several Grammy entry nominations. In 2008, he opened ACMastering Studios in Montreal, Quebec and Plattsburgh, N.Y. and continues to work with local and national artists.

As a pianist/composer Dr. Carr has recorded for EMI, SONY, Narada, High Mountain Records and California Piano Recordings. In 2005, he premiered his Days of the Year album at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Since then Dr. Carr has performed nationally and received a Grammy entry nomination for his album 11 in 2013. He is also currently working on a book project entitled Can I Get A Witness, which explores the role of the recording studio in the culmination of pop music in the 20th century.

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