29 March 2022
By Ellie Palmer
The 2021 Chopin Piano Competition winner has been snapped up by the record label, with his first single due out on 1 April
Deutsche Grammophon has announced the signing of Bruce Liu to its label.
Liu became the first ever Canadian to win the Chopin Piano Competition back in 2021, when he won the approval of the judges with a spellbinding performance of Chopin's Concerto in E minor Op 11 in Warsaw.
Since his win, he's made his Paris debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in January. “[He] caused a sensation with a recital that married tradition with originality,” said ResMusica, one of France's leading classical websites.
Liu's first release with the label will be a recording of Chopin’s Nocturne in C Sharp Minor, KK IVa/16 on 1 April. Further singles will follow throughout 2022, and the pianist is also now planning two future albums. One will have a French theme, to represent his desire to explore the music of his birthplace, and the other will feature Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No 2; the work with which he made his UK debut earlier this month.
Liu comments, "I’m thrilled to be joining DG – I love its sense of family! I hope becoming part of that family will give me plenty of opportunities to collaborate with some very talented artists from different musical fields and backgrounds, as well as working with the great team who produced my Chopin Competition album. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
Dr Clemens Trautmann, President Deutsche Grammophon, adds, "We’re very excited to welcome Bruce to the Yellow Label. The Chopin Competition and all the concerts he has given since have shown the world an intelligent and dynamic young artist whose pianism, imagination and spontaneity are simply electrifying. He joins fellow Canadian artists Emily D’Angelo, Jan Lisiecki and Yannick Nézet-Séguin here at DG – proof, if such were needed, that Canada today is clearly a hotbed of musical talent.”
Main image: ©Bernd Jaworek. Left to right: Kleo Sofroniou, General Manager Classics, DG; Gregor Kotow, LIU KOTOW International Management & Promotion; Angelika Meissner, Senior Director Classical, Artists & Repertoire, DG; Bruce Liu;
Dr Clemens Trautmann, President Deutsche Grammophon; Leonie Petersen, Senior Product Manager, DG.