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Classical Music Producer, of Larchmont, Dies at 77

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Grammy award winning classical music producer Andrew Kazdin, who grew up in Larchmont, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Nov. 28. He was 77.Kazdin was born in the Bronx on Oct. 10, 1934. He pursued his interest in music and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a masters in industrial management. He began his career at Columbia Records in the 1960s, where he produced most of the New York Philharmonic's recordings under Pierre Boulez and Zubin Mehta.Performers knew him to be a perfectionist in the studio, sometimes forcing them to play a piece over 10 times during a session if a single note could be improved. Kazdin was also a composer, publisher, arranger and author. He leaves a legacy of innovation in recording history by convincing studios to convert from the two-track system to digital. In 1979, his push to bring classical music into the digital age got him fired.As a freelance producer, he oversaw the broadcasts of “Live From Lincoln Center”, which featured music, ballet and theater.

He is survived by his daughters, Nancy and Barbara, their husbands and five grandchildren, and sister Dr. Phoebe Schnitzer. A private service was held Nov. 30, and a public memorial service honoring his life and work will be announced.

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