David with Sherezade Panthanki

"Golden Ears" David v.R. Bowles formed Swineshead Productions, LLC as a classical recording production company in 1995. His recordings have been GRAMMY-and JUNO-nominated and twice won the Just Plain Folks Awards “Classical Orchestral Album”. All releases are available as high-resolution paid downloads; some in surround and 3D audio formats as well. Bowles-engineered audio has also appeared on TELLY-winning videos, as well as on videos for Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Voces8 “Live from London”, Chanticleer, San Francisco Early Music Society and Stanford Live.

Grammy-nominated David Bowles is one of the most in-demand recording engineers of classical music... He is a thoughtful and generous friend who has lent his expertise many times to students in his role as Judge of the AES Student Recording Competition. David is so well respected in our field and it has been my great honor to be able to work with such an accomplished expert.

John Krivit, Past President of the Audio Engineering Society

David is not only a superb engineer and consummate professional, but he is great fun as a human being at the same time.

Bob Attiyeh, Producer, Yarlung Records

David Bowles is top notch in every sense. He's great to work with, has very high standards, and is a really nice person.

Linda Marianiello, flutist; President and founding member, The New Mexico Performing Arts Society

David's student engineers at Indiana University did an amazing job providing sound reinforcement of two screenings of silent films with live orchestra! The team was efficient, cooperative and the music sounded great.

Manny Knowles, Assistant Director of Cinema Systems and Operations at Indiana University Bloomington

David's musicianship and extensive knowledge of the recording process and technologies involved make him an ideal choice for no-compromise classical recording production. His work is a treat for the ears. It is without hesitation that I recommend David for small- and large-scale classical recording projects.

Scott Metcalfe, Professor & Director of Recording Arts and Sciences, Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University

David is a dream. Not only does he know his art inside and out, but he knows my art inside and out as well. He marked scores and kept meticulous notes during the recording process, making comments throughout. I quickly learned that I could trust him to know when we’d captured something and when we needed to keep trying, which really set me at ease.

Dan Flanagan - The Bow & The Brush

I am consistently impressed with the quality of the audio he provides for us. We perform in multiple venues and David really knows how to capture a clear sound no matter what the acoustics of the space may be.

Rachel Rossos Gallant, Director of Development and Marketing, New Century Chamber Orchestra

David is a talented recoding engineer who produces stellar products every time. He has great ears and is first rate in every way. As a musician, I would not hesitate to recommend him for any genre of recording work.

Daria D'Andrea, violist, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Professor of Violin, Viola and Director of Chamber Ensembles, University of San Francisco

I have worked with David for many years with several different ensembles and orchestras. His work is always excellent and professional in all respects.

Hanneke Van Proosdij, principal early keyboard player, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Festival Orchestra at the Gottingen Handel Festpiele

David does excellent work, has a very good, discriminating ear and has earned the trust of the Music Director and the musicians.

Parker Monroe, Executive Director, New Century Chamber Orchestra

David Bowles has produced some of the most amazing live and studio recordings in the industry. He is one of the most outstanding recording producers that I've ever encountered. His work is impeccable and beautifully produced. His ability to remove extraneous sound and create a "clean" recording is remarkable.

Michael Colbruno, Board of Directors, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

In the world of high-end audiophile recording and production, David has few equals. What sets David apart is his astonishingly acute way of listening, which is informed by his immense musical experience as a performer and scholar. You just don't find many producers who are as intelligent and connected with the music as David, nor is it easy to find one who has better chops. David's the best.

Ernie Rideout, Editor in Chief, Keyboard Magazine

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David collaborates with videographers Elena Park (Lumahai Productions, LLC), Tal Skloot (Tritone Media), Frazer Bradshaw, Christian Amonson (Arts Laureate), Zak Winokur, and Hamilton Henson, among other clients.


Swineshead Productions offers audiophile-quality live and studio recording for commercial releases, radio and video projects, including 3D audio and surround sound. We also offer mixing, editing, and mastering services.

David is certified for Audinate Dante Level 3 (2nd edition) AV-over-IP networking expertise and as an Apple Digital Masters mastering studio.

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Award Winners and Nominees


Mother of Light Mother of LightDelos Music Productions
Du Fay: Les Messes A Teneur Les Messes à TeneurMusique en Wallonie


8 Vivaldi bassoon concerti - Nadinia Mackie Jackson 8 bassoon concertiMSR Classics


Chanticleer - Live from London Love, Always: Chanticleer in Voces8's "Live from London" seriesVOCES8 Foundation, Tritone Media


Haydn Symphonies 88, 101, 104 Haydn Symphonies 88, 101, and 104Philharmonia Baroque Productions


Bacchanale BacchanaleMSR Classics