John Hadden is a freelance producer, engineer and editor who specializes in recording classical music. He has recorded many of the best-known artists in the field of early music, including Andrew Manze, the Harp Consort, Andrew Lawrence-King, Hille Perl & Los Otros, Tragicomedia, Paul O'Dette, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the Taverner Consort & Players conducted by Andrew Parrott. His recordings appear on many labels, most notably Sony, Teldec, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Virgin Classics and Harmonia Mundi USA. Recordings by John Hadden have won most international awards, including the Gramophone Award (UK), Edison Award (Netherlands), Cannes Classical Award (France), Echo Klassic prize of the German Phono Academy and Premio Internazionale del Disco Vivaldi Antica (Italy)
After earning degrees in physics and computer science John Hadden undertook graduate studies in historical performance practices, a hybrid degree combining musicology and performance, at Washington University in St Louis. Research on the history and playing techniques of early horns brought him from his native USA to London where he began performing professionally on Baroque and Classical horns. Gradually his interests shifted from performing to the microphone, and he has since become known for making distinguished recordings.
Quite simply Destino is dedicated to excellence  in repertoire, performances and recorded sound.
John Hadden
Destino Classics was born out of a collaboration between award-winning recording producer and engineer John Hadden and Erin Headley, who is best known for reviving the playing technique and repertoire of the lirone. Having received grants from the Arts & Humanities Research Council which included funding for recording and filming the repertoire she found while researching the history of the lirone, Erin was looking for a label with the vision and flexibility not only to release this music but also to realise the sumptuous visual element which could help bring this extraordinary music to life. It seemed natural that she and John, who had already worked together on numerous projects, would collaborate to bring this vision to fruition.  An initial series of five recordings with Erin’s group Atalante is planned, four of which are now recorded.  Recordings by other distinguished ensembles will follow.
A   fine   recording   combines   music-making   of   the   highest   order   with   an   engaging   recorded   sound.   To   allow   this   to happen   I   like   to   choose   an   appropriate   venue   which   complements   the   sound   of   the   music   and   then   allow   the   artists the   freedom,   confidence   and   encouragement   to   produce   their   very   best   performances.   These   performances   must,   of course,   be   recorded   with   state-of-the   art   equipment   and   microphone   techniques   which   are   capable   of   capturing   the very   subtle   details   of   the   performances   as   well   as   the   reverberations,   reflections   and   diffractions   of   the   music   within the acoustic.
Recordings by Destino Classics are distributed by Nimbus Allance.
the sound of excellence