Thanks for stopping by! My name is Daniel Spreadbury, and I’m Product Marketing Manager for Steinberg‘s in-development scoring application. Making Notes is a blog dedicated to discussion of the development of our new application, and to related areas of music notation and music technology… basically, I’ll post whatever I, as a music notation and technology geek, find interesting, and hope that you find it interesting too.
Prior to working at Steinberg, I was senior product manager for Sibelius, the world-famous music notation software, having worked for Sibelius Software and, latterly, Avid since May 1999. I worked my way up through the ranks, first as a technical support advisor, then as technical writer, and then, following the release of Sibelius 2 for Mac in May 2002, as product manager (though we didn’t call it that in those days!), working alongside company founders and the inventors of Sibelius, Ben and Jonathan Finn. After Ben and Jonathan sold Sibelius Software Ltd to Avid in 2006 and subsequently left the company, we soldiered on for a number of years and produced three more record-breaking versions of Sibelius.
Following the closure in July 2012 of the London office where Sibelius was developed, which resulted in the team being laid off, Steinberg set up a new research and development centre in London, hiring as many of the former Sibelius development team as possible, and setting us to work on developing a new, professional-level scoring application.
I hold a Master of Arts degree in Music from University College, Oxford, and I am a keen choral singer (I sang professionally in the choir of Ely Cathedral for a couple of years after completing my degree studies) and choral director (my regular gig is as director of the Cantilena Singers, an amateur chamber choir based in south Cambridgeshire). I’m happily married to my beautiful wife, Sarah, and have two adorable children, a daughter called Amelia and a son called Ayrton.
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