Label news: Young violinist quits Sony

Label news: Young violinist quits Sony


norman lebrecht

October 01, 2019

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian’s debut album “Solo” on Sony Classical received the 2018 OPUS Klassik award for Newcomer of the Year.

Not altogether surprisingly, he has now opted for another label.

Press release below:

Edel Kultur is pleased to announce for 2020 an extended cooperation with the Viennese violinist and conductor Emmanuel Tjeknavorian. In February 2020, as part of a new exclusive contract with the Edel Kultur label Berlin Classics, Tjeknavorian’s second album will be released, featuring the violin concertos of Jean Sibelius and the artist’s father Loris Tjeknavorian. The recording was made with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony under the baton of Pablo Gonzáles.

‘The relationship and the collaboration between an artist and a record label have always been of paramount importance. At the present time, following all the developments of recent years, I am very impressed by the understanding that Berlin Classics brings to the vision and the creativity of its artists, and by their healthy dose of idealism, which the music world needs today more than ever. I look forward to artistically satisfying and meritorious projects,’ says Emmanuel Tjeknavorian of the new agreement.


  • SoCal Peter says:

    Not on this topic: Mr. Lebrecht, I hope you’ll note the passing of Jessye Norman (30th) and Martin Bernheimer (29th).

  • Gerry Feinsteen says:

    I think the passing of Jessye Norman deserves mention on this site.

    • Yv says:

      I think, he has already given tribute to the death of JN, while, simultaneously apologizing, that due to jewish traditional feast day(s), the delay has happened accordingly

  • miles away says:

    “The relationship and the collaboration between an artist and a record label have always been of paramount importance.”

    This is utter bollox.
    The illusion that classical music somehow is worth recording and attempting to sell, is one of the most stupid, snobbish, ridiculous ideas out there.

    In reality the only “important bit” is the artist getting a showing on the mass media (eg a record review), and being heard above the noise.

    It’s like artist’s own web sites.
    They are only self promotion citing reviews of their own music and performances attempting to look objective.

    The whole thing is just pathetic,- of course only beaten by the same artists attempting to get on the “climate change” hoax bandwagon.

    It’s time this stupid “I made an album” I made a CD (now become “I made a hi end audio SACD”) crap were blown out and the statistics for ACTUAL sales were made public.

    If you saw these artists sell 10-15 records you would be lucky.
    Kinda puts it in perspective then.

    • Saxon Broken says:

      They are selling many more than 10-15 records. But your point is wrong since these days artists don’t really make money from recordings. The recording really is there to record for posterity how they played the piece.

      Nowadays musicians make their money from live performance and use the record as a marketing device to drive ticket sales. This is even more true for pop music than for classical music. This is in contrast to the era between c.1965 and c.2005 when the main money was in recordings, and live performance was used to sell records.