Anton Kwiatkowski

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Anton Kwiatkowski
Occupation(s)Producer/Audio Engineer
Years active1969 - present
LabelsEMI, Analekta, Angel Records, ASV, BIS, Chandos, Fanfare, Hungaroton, Hyperion, IBS, IMP, Marquis, Opening Day Entertainment, Pro Arte, RCA, Sony Classical, Summit, Unicorn-Kanchana
Associated actsJohn Arpin, London Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, New Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Scottish National Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Anton Kwiatkowski is a Canadian recording engineer and record producer who began his career in England. Hundreds of industry-standard-setting productions of mostly classical music and multiple prestigious awards document his considerable contribution to Canadian music and beyond. John Arpin biographer Robert Popple asserts: "The Canadian recording industry reaped a windfall with Kwiatkowski's presence."[1]

Beginnings in England: 1969 - 1977[edit]

From 1969 to 1977, Kwiatkowski worked as producer/engineer for EMI in London, England, recording with the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, New Philharmonia, English Chamber, Hallé and Scottish National Orchestras. Many of the productions during this time, including several popular music productions, were recorded at EMI's Abbey Road Studios.[2] The 1970s also saw regular collaborations with Jazz guitarist Denny Wright for EMI's Music for Pleasure record label.

Work in Canada: CBC 1977 - 1999[edit]

In 1977, Kwiatkowski was invited to come to Canada to upgrade the recording quality of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's in-house record label,[3] where he eventually spent over two decades as a Senior Recording Producer. The CBC's SM5000 label, featuring artists from across Canada, was launched in 1981 to showcase his new recordings, which met with immediate critical success.[1][4] Since arriving in Canada, Kwiatkowski has worked with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.[5][6][7] Among music industry experts and critics, he is widely considered to be one of Canada's leading recording engineers and producers,[8][9][10] with Wholenote Magazine calling him "a celebrity tonmeister".[11] In particular, Kwiatkowski receives praise for his sophisticated microphone techniques,[12] his attention to details of sound,[13] his ability to capture the intricacies of individual instruments,[14] and his intuition in identifying superior sounding acoustic spaces.[10] His role in the final quality of productions is acknowledged regularly in ways similar to Flegler:

For quality of sound and soundness of quality-control this ... is in a class with ... industry-standard-setting productions. I usually don't pay much attention to producers of records in my reviews but since the liner notes of this ... (and others in this "SM5000 Series") credit producer Anton Kwiatkowski's "award-winning" microphone techniques, and the results are so unfailingly excellent as to be thoroughly identifiable with his work, his name deserves mention.[12]

Freelance Work: 1981 - Present[edit]

Kwiatkowski currently works as a freelance producer/engineer and as such has recorded for Analekta, Angel Records (EMI), ASV, BIS, Chandos, EBS, Fanfare, Hungaroton, Hyperion, IBS, IMP, Marquis, Opening Day Entertainment, Pro Arte, RCA, Sefel Records, Sony Classical, Summit and Unicorn-Kanchana. Popple again:

Kwiatkowski is unquestionably a Canadian recording-engineer star. Kwiatkowski's recordings of John Arpin were released on four labels: Fanfare, Intersound, Sony and Marquis. A later partnership between John and Anton, called Johnathon Productions (their names combined, an Arpin idea), was formed to license material to record labels.[1]

Based in Toronto, Kwiatkowski provides remote and in-house studio recording as well as digital editing and mastering services. He also accommodates audition sessions and re-mastering of older material. Kwiatkowski has received two Juno Award nominations for "Recording Engineer of the Year" in 1985 and 1986.


A comprehensive Kwiatkowski discography listing over 900 titles spanning nearly half a century of recording and production work is available on Allmusic.



  1. ^ a b c "John Arpin: Keyboard Virtuoso" by Robert Popple, Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2009, pp. 228-229,
    ISBN 978-1-55002-866-9.
  2. ^ Evidenced through comprehensive discographies published on various sites such as Discogs and Allmusic. Furthermore, Gala Records refers to Kwiatkowski as "EMI alumnus" in the description of Elaine Keillor's work "Sounds Of North".
  3. ^ High Fidelity, 1986, Volume 36, Issues 1-6, p. 140.
  4. ^ Joel Flegler, in Fanfare, 1994, Vol. 17, Issue 6, p. 332.
  5. ^ "Keeping Score" by Is Horowitz, in Billboard, Feb. 8, 1986, p. 67.
  6. ^ BLCA Reporter, published by British Columbia Library Association, 1985, Volume 29, p. 54.
  7. ^ Digital Audio and Compact Disc Review, 1988, Volume 5, Issues 1-6, p. xvi.
  8. ^ "Gershwin: With A Critical Discography" by Edward Jablonski, New York: Doubleday, 1988, p.415, ISBN 0-306-80847-1.
  9. ^ Music Magazine, published by Barrett & Colgrass, 1987, Volumes 10-11, p. 39.
  10. ^ a b "Holst In Toronto" by Edward Greenfield, in Gramophone, 1986, Volume 64, p. 248.
  11. ^ Review of Caroline Leonardelli's "El Dorado" by Daniel Foley in Wholenote Magazine, January 29, 2009.
  12. ^ a b Joel Flegler in Fanfare, 1984, Vol. 7, Issues 3-4, p. 255.
  13. ^ Review of Caroline Léonardelli and Mathew Larkin's "Légendes" by Frederic Cardin in La Scena Musicale, May 2012.
  14. ^ Music Magazine, published by Barrett & Colgrass, 1985, Volumes 8-9, p. 36.

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