DG signs first accordionist

DG signs first accordionist


norman lebrecht

March 30, 2016

Every label should have one.

press release:


Ksenija Sidorova foto Aiga Redmane 03

Ksenija Sidorova signs exclusive Deutsche Grammophon contract and unveils fresh vision of Carmen in stunning yellow label debut album

Countless artists, authors and other sharp creative minds – from Manet and Peter Brook to Nabokov and Nietzsche – have drawn deep inspiration from Carmen. Ksenija Sidorova is the latest to reimagine the tragic heroine of Bizet’s opera. The Latvian accordionist, a massive musical talent with the blazing energy of a comet, marks her Deutsche Grammophon debut with an album driven by her identification with Bizet’s famously free-spirited femme fatale. Ksenija’s Carmen gives new life to some of the most popular of all classical melodies, presented here in seductively fresh arrangements. She describes the character of Carmen as, above all, “a projection of the heart’s most intimate desires”. In response, her album, influenced by Latin, Asian, European and North American musical styles, offers an intoxicating mix of tone colours and pulsating rhythms.

Ksenija’s Carmen, set for international release on 3 June 2016, presents an authentic reflection of the Riga-born artist’s charismatic personality. “Carmen fascinates me,” she notes. “Of course I wanted to bring something new to this music, to let Carmen speak with a different voice. The accordion doesn’t have to breathe like a singer, so there are no restrictions to what I can do with this music. I could be daring and passionate, just like Carmen, and share in the multicultural musical ideas created by my wonderful collaborators.” There’s much more Carmen to come from Ksenija thanks to a run of performances that opens in Dortmund in April and continues in Latvia and Chicago later in the year. “I feel that people of all ages are ready to connect with Carmen and so I want to take this project on the road.”


  • David Osborne says:

    Another win for the king of instruments!

  • Greg from SF says:

    I like the accordion…. anyone here ever heard of Gus Viseur?

    • Frederick West says:

      Me too – I vividly recall nearly falling off my perch when I first heard that Tchaikovsky suite with them in(some kind soul will be able to remind me which one). I didn’t know it was coming, brilliant idea, reminded me of that chap that used to come on Morecambe and Wise playing the harmonica, Arthur I think.
      If it’s the Bayan accordion then all the more impressive, a fearsome thing to play.