Deutsche Grammophon hires 15-year-old violinist Daniel Lozakovich
Lozakovich follows in the footsteps of Anne-Sophie Mutter, who first appeared on GM at age 15
Deutsche Grammophon signed 15-year-old Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovich.
The accord is described as “a long-term association” and will begin with two orchestral albums and a recital record. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto is expected to be among the first releases, DG said, although the orchestra and conductor are yet to be named.
While his young age will undoubtedly attract attention, it should be noted that he follows in the footsteps of Anne-Sophie Mutter, who made her first recording with DG at age 15, in the third and fifth violin concertos of Mozart with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. Violinist David Garrett also made his first recording for the Yellow Label around this age, after signing a contract with DG at age 13.
“Daniel displays all of the attributes, inordinate talent and dedication required to deliver the kind of classical music inspired performance that is the hallmark of every home musician on Deutsche Grammophon’s roster, both past and present,” said CEO Clemens Trautmann. “More aptly, Daniel’s signing reflects our commitment to the bright and exciting future of classical music recording – a future that he perfectly embodies. We are sure that his artistry will delight both existing classic fans and attract and inspire a younger generation, drawing them into a new world of music.
(Video: Daniel Lozakovich – 12 years old – performing Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate at the Menuhin Competition in 2014)
Similar aspirations – engaging with young audiences – were also expressed by Universal label Decca Classics last month when they signed recorder Lucie Horsch, 16.
Lozakovich’s upcoming concert dates include performances with the Mariinsky and the Munich Philharmonic under the direction of Valery Gergiev, a debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony under the direction of Robin Ticciati and a return to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic under the direction of Semyon Bychkov .
Lozakovich can actually already be heard on a DG recording: he teamed up with Daniel Hope in a Bartók violin duo on Hope’s recent album ‘My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin’.