Jim Ginsburg, founder and president of Chicago’s Grammy Award-winning independent classical music label Cedille Records, hosts Cedille Chicago Presents, a program focusing on Chicago’s top classical performers and composers with music drawn from a catalog of more than 140 albums. Jim provides a behind-the-scenes view of the recording industry and the recording process, and shares stories about the artists.
About Jim Ginsburg
Before coming to Chicago, Jim Ginsburg worked for Nonesuch Records in New York and reviewed numerous recordings for the American Record Guide. He founded Cedille Records in 1989, while a law student at the University of Chicago. At the end of 1993, he founded The Chicago Classical Recording Foundation, the not-for-profit organization that now owns and operates Cedille. The creation of the Foundation allowed Cedille Records to greatly expand the scope of its recording activity. Over the past 20+ years, Cedille, the only label devoted to the classical musicians of a single metropolitan area, has recorded Chicago composers and soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestras, choruses, and the Chicago Opera Theater.
Jim Ginsburg personally directs the label’s recording sessions, working closely with artists and engineers. In 2009, the Chicago Tribune named him a “Chicagoan of the Year” in the Arts; in 2010, he received an Arts Achievement Award from The Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Charitable Foundation; and in 2011, the Chicago Jewish News named him a “Jewish Chicagoan of the Year.”