Small label poaches big pianist from DGmain
Maria João Pires, the venerated Portuguese pianist, has announced plans to record on the boutique label, Onyx. First up are two Beethoven concertos. Pires has been an exclusive DG artist since 1989.
It’s a great coup for Onyx, and a bit of a diplomatic problem. Onyx, founded by ex-Sony boss Chris Craker, was bought out in 2005 by Paul Moseley. So far as we know, he still owns it though Matthew Cosgrove runs the label day to day.
Moseley today is head of Decca, sister-label to DG, from where Pires (below, left) has jumped ship. Both are owned by Universal Music. The water-cooler conversations should be interesting.
Press release follows.
ONYX delighted to announce Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires joins the label with first recording set for release in May 2014
The recording, which features Beethoven’s Piano Concertos No.s 3 & 4, was made with conductor Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Orchestra in October 2013.
Maria’s future plans with ONYX include a collaboration in 2014 with French violinist and fellow ONYX recording artist Augustin Dumay to record Mozart’s Violin Sonatas, plus Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses in 2015. There are also plans to record Beethoven Piano Sonatas No.s 31 & 32.
Matthew Cosgrove, General Manager at ONYX Classics says: “We are delighted and honoured that Maria João Pires has joined our roster of Artists and we looking forward to the many exciting projects to come.”