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Promising student nabs Music Producers Guild Prize

It is awarded to the most promising student to graduate from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Sivert Hagtvet is the 2016 recipient of the Music Producers Guild Prize, which rewards the most promising student to graduate from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) Sound Technology degree programme.

Launched in 2010, the prize allows the graduate to work alongside some of the UK’s top recording professionals, as well as winning equipment from manufacturers, such as Avid and AMS Neve, including this year a 1073N Mic Preamp and EQ.

Jon Thornton, who heads LIPA’s BA (Hons) Sound Technology programme, says Sivert was chosen because of his continued commitment to recording and producing music throughout his three years. He adds: “In particular, the range and quality of his final year work was outstanding – working with artists and in studios at LIPA, in Liverpool and in his home country of Norway. He also has masses of that entrepreneurial spirit that we value so highly in our graduates…”

Hagtvet has a classical music background as a violinist and began playing with local bands as a teenager, where he developed an interest in sound recording. He has now returned to Norway and is working with a composer to create music for commercials. He works from a recording studio complex in Oslo where he is setting up his own production room and enjoys fusing acoustic and virtual instruments to create a modern sound.

He says: “I’m really honoured to win the MPG Prize and I am looking forward to the spending time with top recording professionals. I hope my experiences over the next year will enable me to learn more and enhance my production skills.”

Hagtvet will have the opportunity to shadow Catherine Marks, winner of the MPG 2016 Breakthrough Producer of the Year Award Engineer and Olga Fitzroy, winner of the MPG 2016 Recording Engineer of the Year Award. He will spend two days at Air Lyndhurst, MPG 2016 Studio of the Year; attend an orchestral recording session with Award-winning engineer Haydn Bendall; attend a mastering session with Barry Grint from Alchemy Mastering and shadow producer Steve Levine during a session at his studio in Liverpool.

He will also spend a day at Avid’s UK headquarters where he will receive in-depth tuition on the company’s flagship Pro Tools S6 controller.