Magazine article Gramophone

Major Labels Sign Young Stars

Magazine article Gramophone

Major Labels Sign Young Stars

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Pianist George Li joins Warner Classics and cellist Kian Soltani signs to Deutsche Grammophon to release debut recital albums

George Li, American pianist and silver medal winner at 2015's International Tchaikovsky Competition, has signed to Warner Classics. His debut album for the label will be taken from a recital recorded live at the Mariinsky Theatre last year, featuring Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt. He describes the programme as 'like a journey down to Hell and back up again'.

Gramophone's Editor-in-Chief James Jolly was in Moscow when the 21-year-old pianist made such an impact, and remembers him as being highly popular with the audience. He noted that at the gala concert preceeding the competition both Li and joint silver medal recipient Lukas Geniusas 'were greeted as heroes'.

Other honours to his name include the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and most recently, in 2016, an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Li joins a prestigious line-up of young artists at Warners, including Beatrice Rana and--signed last December and also due to release her debut album this autumn--18-year-old trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary.

Meanwhile, Deutsche Grammophon has signed 25-year-old cellist Kian Soltani. …

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