DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON SIGNS SWEDISH VIOLIN PRODIGY
Dr. Clemens Trautmann (President DG),
Photo: © Julia Schoierer / DG
As he prepares for this year’s Verbier Festival as well as major debuts with leading symphony orchestras and conductors, 15-year-old Daniel Lozakovich joins the Yellow Label
Berlin, 15 June 2016
Deutsche Grammophon is pleased to announce the addition today of 15-year-old Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovich to its family of artists. With growing excitement and admiration, classical-scene observers have been following the public performances of Lozakovich with many notable orchestras, conductors and well-established violinists since his concerto debut six years ago with the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and Vladimir Spivakov.
“Daniel displays all the attributes, the inordinate talent and the necessary dedication to achieve the kind of inspired classical music performance which is the hallmark of each and every musician at home on Deutsche Grammophon’s roster, both past and present,” comments Dr Clemens Trautmann, President of Deutsche Grammophon. “More pertinently, Daniel’s signing reflects our commitment to the bright and exciting future of classical music recording – a future which he perfectly embodies. We are sure his artistry will both delight existing classical fans and appeal to and inspire a younger generation, drawing them into a new musical world.”
Lozakovich will open his long-term association with Deutsche Grammophon by recording two orchestral albums and a recital disc, with the Beethoven Concerto set to be among his first releases. Lozakovich feels a particular affinity with this work, and has honed his interpretation of it in a series of recent concerts, including his first-prize-winning performance at last month’s Spivakov Competition and his appearance just days later with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev in the closing concert of the XV Moscow Easter Festival, but his virtuoso violin repertoire already encompasses far more – from Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart to Tchaikovsky and Bartók.
Having garnered numerous top prizes and accolades at music competitions from Vienna to Moscow, Stockholm to Austin, Lozakovich, now the youngest musician currently signed with DG, has expressed his delight about joining the label: “I’m very happy and excited to be joining Deutsche Grammophon! Just being linked with the amazing musicians who are part of the history of DG makes me feel so incredibly proud! I’m looking forward to making wonderful music with my new friends and colleagues in some thrilling new recordings.”
Daniel Lozakovich has performed as a soloist throughout Europe with orchestras including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky Symphony and the Moscow Philharmonic. This season and next, amongst other commitments, he performs again with the Mariinsky and also with the Munich Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev, makes his Swedish Radio Symphony debut with Robin Ticciati and returns to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic with Semyon Bychkov, as well as appearing with two conductors of the younger generation: Lorenzo Viotti and Lahav Shani.
He will make a return visit this summer to the Verbier Festival, a place that has played a key role in his career so far, thanks to his encounters there with a wide range of fellow musicians. These have led to invitations from Andris Nelsons to join him and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at next year’s Tanglewood Festival, and from Gianandrea Noseda to perform with him in Italy in the near future.
And Lozakovich’s fledgling recording career with DG already has a preliminary highlight: last year he recorded a Bartók Violin Duo with fellow violinist Daniel Hope – and now fellow Yellow Label artist – that landed on Hope’s recently released, and critically acclaimed, album My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin.
Hope was hugely impressed by Lozakovich’s technique and insight, a response widely echoed by audiences and critics. “It was an unexpected moment of sheer wonder,” wrote the reviewer for Le Temps of his solo performance of a pair of Tchaikovsky works in Geneva earlier this year with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. “Face-to-face with the evidence of his confidence, intensity, expertise and a depth of musical maturity far beyond his years, we could only be enraptured.”