Peter Rutenberg

RCM Proprietor Peter Rutenberg is a Grammy®-winning record producer and conductor, composer, and teacher, with 43 years’ experience as a music professional. He was nominated as Grammy Classical Producer of the Year in 2011. Rutenberg is founding Music Director of Los Angeles Chamber Singers & Cappella (LACS), now in its 23rd Season, and has been RCM’s producer since 1997, including the Grammy-winning Padilla: Sun of Justice CD (Best Small Ensemble Performance 2007 for LACS) and the Grammy-nominated Lauridsen Lux Aeterna CD (Best Choral Performance 1998). In 2010, he produced the Grammy-nominated Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 for Miami-based Seraphic Fire, and in 2009, he produced that ensemble’s 400th anniversary recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, which spent six weeks at number one on iTunes Classical. He also produced The Vanishing Nordic Chorale for the Indianapolis-based ensemble Musik Ekklesia, released on Dorian Sono Luminus and distributed worldwide by Naxos.

In addition to his work in the recording industry, Rutenberg has also produced award-winning radio for national and international audiences, beginning with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival and Boulez Festival/LA, and, as Director of Programming and Production at KUSC, covered all major arts organizations and festivals in Los Angeles for the balance of that decade. His long-running national series on choral music produced for Chorus America, The First Art, won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Broadcasting in 1994, and LACS won the ASCAP-Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming in 2001. In 1986, he became the founding president of Pacific Composers Forum, serving in that capacity for 11 years, and subsequently composed and commissioned dozens of choral works for LACS. He has served as program annotator for several record labels in addition to his own, for the Los Angeles Master Chorale for six seasons, and has written extensively about music and the arts for three decades. He served on the UCLA Music Faculty from 2006-09, and has served as clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor for major music festivals throughout Southern California, most recently for the CSUF and LAUSD Choral Festivals. He has also conducted master classes and workshops for many middle and high schools around Southern California and residencies at UCLA and UCR. In January 2009, he produced the highly acclaimed memorial tribute to veteran radio producer, Gene Parrish, called My Sparkling Parade for KUSC.