Berlin, July 07, 2022 – Sony Classical is excited to announce a notable new signing agreement with young rising star Italian-Serbian-French violinist, Luka Faulisi.  Faulisi’s debut album ‘Aria’ – arias and scenes arranged for violin and piano by some of the great violinist-composers of the past and including an arrangement by Faulisi himself – will be released in Spring 2023 on Sony Classical.  The album will showcase this gifted young musician alongside acclaimed Lithuanian/Israeli pianist, Itamar Golan. 

Faulisi’s debut album will showcase his innate and prodigious musicianship as he explores much-loved opera repertoire by composers such as Bizet, Gounod, Rimsky-Korsakov, Szymanowski, Tchaikovsky and Verdi in sparkling arrangements for violin and piano.  Luka Faulisi is in the spotlight throughout all aspects of the recording, not only for his elevated performances but also as one of the arrangers.  His arrangement of Verdi’s iconic ‘Sempre Libera’ from ‘La Traviata’ features alongside such eminent names as Leopold Auer, Paul Kochanski, Franz Waxman,  Henryk Wieniawski and Efrem Zimbalist. 

Luka Faulisi is one of the most promising violinists of the young generation.  Growing up in a musical family – his father a flautist and renowned flute maker – he started to play the violin at the age of three and was a student under Boris Belkin at the Conservatorium Maastricht, Netherlands.  He is currently studying at the Academy Lorenzo Perosi, Biella, Italy with Professor Pavel Berman, who describes Faulisi as “…an incredibly gifted virtuoso violinist”.  Leading flautist, Emmanuel Pahud has referred to Faulisi’s “…great instrumental abilities and strong musical expression”.

Faulisi has shared a poignant and insightful story of working with Itamar Golan for the first time for this recording, which was made in Paris, where Golan works as Professor of Chamber Music at the Paris Conservatoire:- “My mother used to listen to recitals by Maxim Vengerov and Itamar Golan when she was pregnant with me.  Eighteen years later and for my debut recording, no less, I get to collaborate with Itamar, who is a remarkable and unique artist.  I have learned so much from playing with him and hope that I will have the opportunity to continue this wonderful musical partnership”.

Per Hauber, President of Sony Classical said: “Luka Faulisi has an extraordinary musical gift and we are thrilled that he has recorded his debut album for Sony Classical.  It is a privilege to work with such a talented young artist as Luka and with someone with such a clear vision for his future”.

SVP International A&R of Sony Classical, Alexander Buhr noted: “From the very first time of hearing Luka’s remarkable violin playing, I was struck by his expressive sound and the scope of his musical imagination.  He has a bright, forward-thinking mind while also being firmly rooted in the great violin tradition.  We are very excited to welcome Luka to the Sony Classical family of artists”.

Luka Faulisi added: “I am extremely honoured at the opportunity to work with Sony Classical and its energetic and imaginative team.  Having grown up listening to the much-celebrated Sony recordings by Jascha Heifetz and David Oistrakh, Sony has always had a significant influence on my artistic development since my early childhood.  Following my first encounter with the Sony Classical team, I was strongly inspired by their fresh and dynamic approach.  They possess an impressive ability to innovate and to initiate successful projects while respecting the immense heritage of the company.  I am very excited to present my first album ‘Aria’ with them next year”.