Sony Classical Signs American Pianist Simone Dinnerstein

"Simone Dinnerstein is the sort of pianist who should play by candlelight . . . a phenomenon in the world of classical music." – The Washington Post

Sony Classical is pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive agreement with American pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Known for her intelligent but emotive performances, Ms. Dinnerstein has been called “a throwback to such high priestesses of music as Wanda Landowska and Myra Hess,” by Slate magazine. The New York-based pianist gained an international following because of the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which she raised the funds to record. Released in 2007, it ranked No. 1 on the US Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to many “Best of 2007” lists including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker. Her follow-up album, The Berlin Concert, also gained the No. 1 spot on the Chart. Ms. Dinnerstein’s first album for Sony Classical will be announced in spring 2010.

“I am honored to be joining Sony Classical to continue what has been a lifelong dream – recording and performing repertoire to which I feel closely connected,” said Ms. Dinnerstein. “Sony Classical is an established voice in the recording industry, but one that is looking toward innovation and leading the field into the 21st century. I am extremely proud to be a part of their continued legacy and bright future.”

Bogdan Roscic, President of Sony Classical, said: “Like so many in our business, I marveled at Simone’s recording of the Goldberg Variations and have wanted to produce records with her ever since. When I met her, the thoughtfulness and care with which she approaches her recording projects impressed me enormously. The modern piano has been called a machine-age beast, and Simone is taming it in a unique way, to a level of intimacy and expressivity all her own. I am thrilled that she has decided to become a Sony Classical artist.”

Ms. Dinnerstein’s performance schedule has taken her around the world since her triumphant New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 2005, performing Bach's Goldberg Variations. Recent and upcoming performances include her recital debuts at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen and Ravinia festivals, in Cologne, Paris, London, Copenhagen, Vilnius, Bremen, Rome, and Lisbon, and at the Stuttgart Bach Festival; as well as debut performances with the Dresden Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Kristjan Järvi's Absolute Ensemble, the Tokyo Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra. In New York she has performed on the People's Symphony series at Town Hall, on Lincoln Center's Great Performers series, and in three sold-out recitals at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is also a frequent performer at (Le) Poisson Rouge in the West Village. In July 2009, she made her debut with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2.

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