Alum

Oscar Zambrano

Position
Assistant Professor
Telephone
617-747-8941

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Oscar Zambrano was born and raised in Mexico City. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2003, he moved to New York City and started working at Sound on Sound Studios. In 2004, Zambrano founded Zampol Productions with business partner Jorge Castellanos with the main focus of mastering, mixing, and recording.

Zambrano has worked across multiple genres and with a wide range of artists such as: Justin Timberlake, the Lumineers, DJ Khaled, 50 Cent, Idina Menzel, Wynton Marsalis, and Yo-Yo Ma. Three of the albums Zambrano has worked on throughout his career have won Grammy Awards, with an additional 12 albums garndering Grammy nominations. Many of the albums he's worked on have earned multiplatinum status through the RIAA.

Career Highlights
  • Chief Engineer at Zampol Productions
  • Mastering engineer for Esperanza Spalding, Harry Styles, Sting, Kelly Clarkson, Zoe, the Raconteurs, Pablo Ziegler, Miley Cyrus, Max Richter, Wynton Marsalis, Marco Antonio Solis, Pedro Giraudo, Nas, I’m with Her, Death Cab for Cutie, Miguel, Arizona, Prince Royce, the Shins, La Santa Cecilia, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, the War on Drugs, Belanova, Phoenix, Train, Portugal the Man, Wyclef Jean, Arcade Fire, Jack Johnson, Fifth Harmony, DMX, TLC, St. Vincent, Charlie Puth, Alejandro Sanz, Juanes, among others
  • Freelance engineer for Sound on Sound, Legacy, MSR
  • Member of the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing
  • Member of the Audio Engineering Society
Awards
  • Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Esperanza Spalding's 12 Little Spells, Mastering Engineer
  • Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album, Pablo Ziegler's Jazz Tango, Mastering Engineer
  • Latin Grammy Award for Best Tango Album, Pedro Giraudo, Mastering Engineer
  • Grammy Nomination for Best Musical Theater Album, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Mastering Engineer
  • LatingGrammy Nomination for Best New Artist, Fer Casillas, Mastering Engineer
  • Latin Grammy Nomination for Best Tango Album, Pablo Ziegler Chamber Quartet's Radio Tango, Mastering Engineer
  • Grammy Nomination for Best Musical Theater Album, My Fair Lady, Mastering Engineer
  • Grammy Nomination for Best Musical Theater Album, Jesus Christ Super Star, Mastering Engineer
  • Grammy Nomination for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals, "Niña," Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider, Mastering Engineer
  • Grammy Nomination for Best Musical Theater Album, Come From Away, Original Broadway Cast Album, Mastering Engineer
  • Grammy Nomination for Best Musical Theater Album, An American in Paris, Broadway Cast Recording, Mastering Engineer
  • Latin Grammy Nomination for Best Alternative Rock Album, Mon Laferte Vol. 1, Mastering Engineer
  • Latin Grammy Nomination for Best Tango Album, Julio Botti's Tango Nostalgias, Mastering Engineer
  • Latin Grammy Nomination for Best Tango Album, Julio Botti's Sax to Tango, Mastering Engineer
Education
  • B.M., Berklee College of Music, Music Production and Engineering
In Their Own Words

"Even more important than knowing the technical side of engineering is learning to develop your ear. My teaching emphasizes critical listening to help students develop trust in their ears while working."

"I try to create a real-world environment in class with real-world examples that I and other engineers experience. I like to challenge the students to think outside the box. One of the great advantages of being at Berklee is all the connections you are able to make. You meet people from all over the world and from many different backgrounds, all studying different things all related to music. Music is the common language."