Esther Abrami’s eponymous debut album will be released on February 4th on Sony Classical. The album is a creative melting pot of different styles of classical music –full of new and inspiring compositions. Collaborating with a great variety of contemporary composers and musicians as well as the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Esther Abrami has set a creative musical landmark representing a new generation of classical musicians. The 25-year-old violinist, named “Best Influential Star” by Forbes magazine, became known as an influencer on TikTok and Instagram. There she reaches millions of young people with her creative videos, who thus discover classical music for themselves. In 2019, Esther Abrami became the first classical musician ever nominated in the Social Media Superstar category at the Global Awards. Through TikTok and Instagram she has welcomed a whole new audience into her musical world, sharing welcome practice and sight-reading videos together with tips and helpful techniques for aspiring young musicians. So far, her passion for music has united more than 295k followers on TikTok, 241k followers on Instagram and 125k followers on YouTube.
She is as equally at home in the classical world as when covering modern hits or challenging herself to learn how to play songs in an hour only. Esther Abrami studied at the Royal College of Music and was awarded a full scholarship for a Master’s degree at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She plays a fine Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, kindly loaned to her through the Beare’s International Violin Society. Listed by Julian Lloyd Webber as one of the ‘30 under 30’ classical artists to watch’ on Classic FM, Esther is on her way to being acknowledged as one of the most promising young classical music artists of her generation. With more than 300k views on her latest single, and a highly-anticipated debut album on its way, Esther has fast become a new artist to watch beyond the classical genre.
For Esther Abrami’s debut album composer and pianist Alexis Ffrench, neo-classical pianist Annelie, pianist and composer Alban Claudin, Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman, cellist and composer Julian Llyod Webber and film-composer Jacob Shea contributed new compositions . Next to this, the album features original compositions by Clara Schumann and Amy Beach as well as several unique new arrangements of some of the most famous classical melodies by Pjotr Tchaikovsky, Eric Satie or Frédéric Chopin.
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Release Date: 03/25/2022
On her debut album, Esther Abrami presents the broad sound panorama of a young generation of classical musicians. The 25-year-old violinist, who was named "Best Influential Star" by Forbes magazine, became known as an influencer on TikTok and Instagram. There, with her creative videos, she reaches millions of young people who discover classical music for themselves. On her debut album with Sony Classical, Esther Abrami brings together what she understands by the broad term "classical" to create a fresh look at the genre. Accompanied by piano or large orchestra, unique new arrangements of familiar classical melodies - from Swan Lake to Paganini Caprice - sit alongside new pieces by young composer and pianist Annelie, Hollywood soundtrack star Jacob Shea and her personal idol, Oscar winner Rachel Portman, among others. "I love the idea of working with living composer's and having a real interaction that hardly exists in classical music. Not to mention, it's great to hear something different, fresh," explains Esther Abrami. With her album, the violinist, who was born in Aix-en-Provence and studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, provides a colorful insight into the world of a new generation of classical musicians beyond traditional clichés. Esther Abrami studies classical violin, is active in animal welfare and as a feminist, was chosen by her mentor Julian Lloyd Webber as one of classical music's "30 under 30" and performs with Katherine Jenkins and Roberto Alagna. At the same time, she is at home on social media, writing music with the electro-producer Worakls and searching for new classical sounds with composers and musicians such as Alexis Ffrench, Alban Claudin, Florian Christl, Anna Barry and Ketan Bhatti. Together with them, she gives Satie, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Ravel, Rachmaninoff and even Bach and Mozart a fresh cell treatment by rearranging "Eine kleine Nachtmusik", the famous violin concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 or "Swan Lake". "These pieces have been recorded so many times that it would be irrelevant to try to do them again if you had nothing new to add. That's what I'm all about - taking these famous melodies and doing something with them that people don't expect." With this, the exceptional musician boldly goes against unwritten laws of the genre and tries to win new listeners. "I don't know if I'm on a mission," Esther Abrami laughs. "But it makes me happy when I can get people excited about something they haven't engaged with before." Just classical music as something exciting and cool. Even in the 21st century. She adds, "I wanted to make an album that shows who I am and that I like to play different kinds of music. I'm very open about that. I want all people to find something they like here." In line with this premise, Esther Abrami also presents her own composition, "Sainte Victoire en sol mineur," a collaboration with producer Worakls, "This piece was a lot of fun. We worked it out at the beginning of the pandemic, when I was visiting my parents in the south of France. That's why it's called 'Saint Victoire' - because they live at the foot of the mountain. I'd like to do more in that direction." On her album, Esther Abrami also bows to her idols, composers Clara Schumann and Amy Beach. The only two original compositions on the album are by them. "These are names that are only familiar to people who are really interested in classical music. I want to change that - because they deserve it and not all great composers were men." Oscar winner Rachel Portman - a great role model of Esther Abrami - has also contributed a composition to the album, rearranging her famous soundtrack to Chocolat.