In Beijing today, May 4th, YUNDI, China’s popular piano star, signed a new exclusive recording contract with the Universal Music Group.
YUNDI’S first recording project will be of Beethoven Sonatas, featuring his most romantic works, namely the Moonlight, Pathétique and Appassionato sonatas. The Beethoven Concertos will follow.
YUNDI’S first new album for Universal will be released on the Deutsche Grammophon label later in 2012.
“I’m thrilled to be recording with Universal Music. We have many exciting plans for the future and I look forward to exploring Beethoven’s great piano sonatas and concertos and then going on to other composers and works in the future. I feel this new collaboration is a home-coming for me and I look forward to this renewed collaboration to bring classical music to a new generation.”
Costa Pilavachi, Senior Vice-President Classical A+R, Universal Music Group International:
“We are proud and delighted to welcome YUNDI back to the Universal Music family. YUNDI is not only 'China's pianist', he belongs to the entire world."
Since winning the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2000, YUNDI has been regarded as one of the most exciting and talented pianists performing today and is one of the most well-known personalities in China where he’s a household name. Such is the breadth of YUNDI’s popularity he regularly sells out major international venues such as Carnegie Hall, as well as performing with Kylie Minogue and on China’s biggest TV show, ‘Spring Festival’ where his performance was watched by hundreds of millions of viewers.
Regularly referred to as the ‘Prince of the Piano’, YUNDI has collaborated with some of the world's leading orchestras such as the Mariinsky Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra. On his solo recital tours, he has performed in major concert halls across Europe, North America and Asia.
YUNDI’S 2012/13 season opens with an extensive tour of Japan and Asia before moving to Europe where he’ll perform across the continent including Berlin, Munich, Paris, Rotterdam and London.
In addition to his musical activities, YUNDI is also committed to humanitarian work which includes acting as an ambassador of the Red Cross Society of China and for his hometown of Chongqing. YUNDI has been one of pioneers of musical education in China where his unique position in Chinese culture has played a crucial role in millions of children learning the piano.