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78 DISC BOX SET

Bach: The Vocal Works

Masaaki
Suzuki

Masaaki Suzuki

& Bach Collegium Japan

78 DISC BOX SET
GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER

Reconnaissance

Kaija
Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho

Best Choral Performance

GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER

Camille Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concertos Nos 3-5

Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos 3-5

Alexandre

Kantorow

Alexandre Kantorow

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion,

BWV 244

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Masaaki

Suzuki

Masaaki Suzuki

& Bach Collegium Japan

Jean Sibelius: Kullervo

Osmo

Vänskä

Osmo Vänskä

J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas,

Volume 2

J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, Volume 2

Frank

Peter

Zimmermann

Frank Peter Zimmermann

Mozart: Flute Concertos

Nos. 1 and 2

Mozart: Flute Concertos Nos. 1 and 2

Sharon

Bezaly

Sharon Bezaly

Nielsen and Sibelius

Violin Concertos

Nielsen and Sibelius Violin Concertos

Johan

Dalene

Johan Dalene

Mozart & Birchall:

Clarinet Concertos

Mozart & Birchall: Clarinet Concertos

Michael

Collins

Michael Collins

Haydn:

String Quartets

Op. 33 Nos 1-3

Haydn: String Quartets Op. 33 Nos 1-3

Chiaroscuro

Quartet

Chiaroscuro Quartet

Journey Through a Century

Sueye
Park

Sueye Park

Liszt: Transcendental Études

Haochen

Zhang

Haochen Zhang

Sounds & Sweet Airs -

A Shakespeare Songbook

Sounds & Sweet Airs - A Shakespeare Songbook

Carolyn

Sampson

Carolyn Sampson

Beethoven-Liszt &

Mozart-Alkan:

Piano Transcriptions

Beethoven-Liszt & Mozart-Alkan: Piano Transcriptions

PAUL WEE

78 DISC BOX SET

Bach: The Vocal Works

Masaaki
Suzuki

Masaaki Suzuki

& Bach Collegium Japan

78 DISC BOX SET
GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER

Reconnaissance

Kaija
Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho

Best Choral Performance

GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER

Camille Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concertos Nos 3-5

Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos 3-5

Alexandre

Kantorow

Alexandre Kantorow

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion,

BWV 244

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Masaaki

Suzuki

Masaaki Suzuki

& Bach Collegium Japan

Jean Sibelius: Kullervo

Osmo

Vänskä

Osmo Vänskä

J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas,

Volume 2

J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, Volume 2

Frank

Peter

Zimmermann

Frank Peter Zimmermann

Mozart: Flute Concertos

Nos. 1 and 2

Mozart: Flute Concertos Nos. 1 and 2

Sharon

Bezaly

Sharon Bezaly

Nielsen and Sibelius

Violin Concertos

Nielsen and Sibelius Violin Concertos

Johan

Dalene

Johan Dalene

Mozart & Birchall:

Clarinet Concertos

Mozart & Birchall: Clarinet Concertos

Michael

Collins

Michael Collins

Haydn:

String Quartets

Op. 33 Nos 1-3

Haydn: String Quartets Op. 33 Nos 1-3

Chiaroscuro

Quartet

Chiaroscuro Quartet

Journey Through a Century

Sueye
Park

Sueye Park

Liszt: Transcendental Études

Haochen

Zhang

Haochen Zhang

Sounds & Sweet Airs -

A Shakespeare Songbook

Sounds & Sweet Airs - A Shakespeare Songbook

Carolyn

Sampson

Carolyn Sampson

Beethoven-Liszt &

Mozart-Alkan:

Piano Transcriptions

Beethoven-Liszt & Mozart-Alkan: Piano Transcriptions

PAUL WEE

78 DISC BOX SET

Bach: The Vocal Works

Masaaki
Suzuki

Masaaki Suzuki

& Bach Collegium Japan

78 DISC BOX SET
GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER

Reconnaissance

Kaija
Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho

Best Choral Performance

GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER

Camille Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concertos Nos 3-5

Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos 3-5

Alexandre

Kantorow

Alexandre Kantorow

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion,

BWV 244

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Masaaki

Suzuki

Masaaki Suzuki

& Bach Collegium Japan

Jean Sibelius: Kullervo

Osmo

Vänskä

Osmo Vänskä

J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas,

Volume 2

J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, Volume 2

Frank

Peter

Zimmermann

Frank Peter Zimmermann

Mozart: Flute Concertos

Nos. 1 and 2

Mozart: Flute Concertos Nos. 1 and 2

Sharon

Bezaly

Sharon Bezaly

Nielsen and Sibelius

Violin Concertos

Nielsen and Sibelius Violin Concertos

Johan

Dalene

Johan Dalene

Mozart & Birchall:

Clarinet Concertos

Mozart & Birchall: Clarinet Concertos

Michael

Collins

Michael Collins

Haydn:

String Quartets

Op. 33 Nos 1-3

Haydn: String Quartets Op. 33 Nos 1-3

Chiaroscuro

Quartet

Chiaroscuro Quartet

Journey Through a Century

Sueye
Park

Sueye Park

Liszt: Transcendental Études

Haochen

Zhang

Haochen Zhang

Sounds & Sweet Airs -

A Shakespeare Songbook

Sounds & Sweet Airs - A Shakespeare Songbook

Carolyn

Sampson

Carolyn Sampson

Beethoven-Liszt &

Mozart-Alkan:

Piano Transcriptions

Beethoven-Liszt & Mozart-Alkan: Piano Transcriptions

PAUL WEE

A night at the Gramophone Awards

On 4th October 2023 the prestigious Gramophone Awards took place in London, and BIS was awarded the accolade of ‘Label of the Year’ - a welcome recognition in our 50th year. James Jolly, editor-in-chief of Gramophone magazine announced that BIS 'honours imagination, quality, flair and prodigious talent in a way that not only expands the riches of the recorded catalogue but does so in a way that greatly enhances the breadth of our musical world.'

Gramophone added 'The roster of artists who contribute so beautifully, and so regularly, to the Swedish label’s treasurable catalogue is among the finest to be found. But what really stands out is just how personal each release feels – the exploratory choice of repertoire, the perfect partnerships between musicians. Listening to a BIS album feels like being a privileged witness to creativity at its most inspired and inspiring. Or, for that matter, like sitting in the best seat in the house, such is BIS’s commitment to the very highest possible quality of recorded sound.

During the awards ceremony, flautist Sharon Bezaly gave a captivating and assured performance of the third movement of CPE Bach’s flute concerto in D minor, accompanied by the London Mozart Players, and pianist Yevgney Sudbin and his daughter Bella took to the stage to perform an enchanting arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers. The impressive collection of award nominations for the label included pianist Paul Wee for his blisteringly virtuosic album of Beethoven and Mozart piano transcriptions - an astonishing feat for an amateur pianist, the Gringolts Quartet performing Schoenberg, Pascal Rophé with an album of music by Ravel, and Saint-Saëns piano concertos from Alexandre Kantorow. BIS violinist Nurit Stark took home the Gramophone award in the Instrument Category, for her scintillating all-Hungarian programme of violin and viola music.

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Featured Releases

Sorabji - Vocal and Chamber Works
Sorabji - Vocal and Chamber Works
Sharon Bezaly, Wild Beautiful Orchestra, Chappell Kingsland
Elgar - Mot d’amour: Works for Violin and Piano
Elgar - Mot d’amour: Works for Violin and Piano
Ulf Wallin, Roland Pöntinen
Stravinsky – Symphonies, Volume I
Stravinsky – Symphonies, Volume I
Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Dima Slobodeniouk
Poltéra Plays Prokofiev
Poltéra Plays Prokofiev
Christian Poltéra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Juho Pohjonen, Anja Bihlmaier
Brahms – String Quintets
Brahms – String Quintets
Gringolts Quartet, Lilli Maijala
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D Minor
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D Minor
Jennifer Johnston, Minnesota Orchestra, Women of the Minnesota Chorale, Minnesota Boychoir, Osmo Vänskä
Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 -10
Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 -10
Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Boychoir, Ruby Hughes, Carolyn Sampson, Jacquelyn Wagner, Jennifer Johnston, Christian Immler, Minnesota Chorale, Osmo Vänskä
Henselt & Bronsart: Piano Concertos
Henselt & Bronsart: Piano Concertos
Paul Wee, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Michael Collins
Kalevi Aho – Concerto, Quintet & Contrapunctus
Kalevi Aho – Concerto, Quintet & Contrapunctus
Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Ismo Eskelinen, Ilkka Puputti, John Storgårds
Mozart – Symphonies 34, 35 & 36
Mozart – Symphonies 34, 35 & 36
Philharmonia Orchestra, Michael Collins
Robert de Visée - Theorbo Solos
Robert de Visée - Theorbo Solos
Jakob Lindberg
Schubert + Krenek
Schubert + Krenek
Can Çakmur
Pickard: Symphonies 2 & 6, Verlaine Songs
Pickard: Symphonies 2 & 6, Verlaine Songs
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Martyn Brabbins, Emma Tring
Bach: The Vocal Works
Bach: The Vocal Works
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Marcelle de Manziarly - Chamber Works
Marcelle de Manziarly - Chamber Works
Cecilia Zilliacus, Kati Raitinen, Bengt Forsberg, Peter Friis Johansson
Hungarian String Trios
Hungarian String Trios
Trio Boccherini, Suyeon Kang, Vicki Powell, Paolo Bonomini
Instrumental Theatre of Affects
Instrumental Theatre of Affects
Arte dei Suonatori, Marcin Świątkiewicz
J. S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080
J. S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080
Masaaki Suzuki, Masato Suzuki
J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
Masato Suzuki
J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas
J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas
Franz Halász
J.S. Bach: Organ Works, Vol. 5
J.S. Bach: Organ Works, Vol. 5
Masaaki Suzuki
Brahms & Schumann - Works for Cello and Piano
Brahms & Schumann - Works for Cello and Piano
Ronald Brautigam, Christian Poltéra
Hellstenius: Public Behaviour
Hellstenius: Public Behaviour
Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Kai Grinde Myrann
Schubert + Brahms
Schubert + Brahms
Can Çakmur
Allan Pettersson - Complete Edition
Allan Pettersson - Complete Edition
Duo Gelland [Martin and Cecilia Gelland], Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Bengt-Åke Lundin, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Swedish Radio Choir (Radiokören), Peter Mattei, Marianne Mellnäs, Ulf Wallin, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Anders Larsson, Erland Hagegård, Sven-Erik Alexandersson, Margot Rödin, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Jörgen Pettersson, Ellen Nisbeth, Sueye Park, Thomas Hoppe, Daniel Vlashi Lukaçi, German Tcakulov, Alexander Wollheim, Stig Westerberg, Christian Lindberg, Leif Segerstam
End of My Days
End of My Days
Ruby Hughes
Sibelius - Karelia Suite, Rakastava & Lemminkäinen
Sibelius - Karelia Suite, Rakastava & Lemminkäinen
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki
Mozart: Overtures
Mozart: Overtures
Kölner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens
Stravinsky, Bartók & Martinů: Violin Works
Stravinsky, Bartók & Martinů: Violin Works
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra [Bamberger Symphoniker], Frank Peter Zimmermann, Jakub Hrůša
Helvi Leiviskä: Orchestral Works Vol. 1
Helvi Leiviskä: Orchestral Works Vol. 1
Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Dalia Stasevska
Michael Jarrell: Orchestral Works
Michael Jarrell: Orchestral Works
Ilya Gringolts, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Florent Jodelet, Pascal Rophé
Pictured Within; Jaakko Kuusisto: Symphony
Pictured Within; Jaakko Kuusisto: Symphony
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins, Pekka Kuusisto
Mahler: Symphony No. 8
Mahler: Symphony No. 8
Carolyn Sampson, Minnesota Orchestra, The Minnesota Chorale, Christian Immler, Sasha Cooke, Jess Dandy, Julian Orlishausen, National Lutheran Choir, Minnesota Boychoir, Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs, Barry Banks, Jacquelyn Wagner, Osmo Vänskä
Ferguson, Bliss & Holloway: Chamber Music
Ferguson, Bliss & Holloway: Chamber Music
Wigmore Soloists
Respighi: Orchestral Works
Respighi: Orchestral Works
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, John Neschling
Solitary Poems for Soprano Saxophone
Solitary Poems for Soprano Saxophone
Anders Paulsson, Theo Hillborg, Bruce Copley
Through the Night
Through the Night
United Strings of Europe, Beibei Wang, Julian Azkoul
Children!
Children!
Hiyoli Togawa, Alexej Gerassimez, Kiveli Dörken
But I Like to Sing...
But I Like to Sing...
Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton, Jack Liebeck
Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 10 & 13, Opp. 74 & 130
Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 10 & 13, Opp. 74 & 130
Chiaroscuro Quartet
John Pickard: Mass in Troubled Times
John Pickard: Mass in Troubled Times
Chloë Abbott, BBC Singers, David Goode, Martyn Brabbins
J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, Vol. 2
J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, Vol. 2
Frank Peter Zimmermann
Per Nørgård: Orchestral Works
Per Nørgård: Orchestral Works
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Herresthal, Jakob Kullberg, John Storgårds
Schubert: Impromptus, D. 899 & D. 935
Schubert: Impromptus, D. 899 & D. 935
Ronald Brautigam
Schumann: Missa sacra, Op. 147
Schumann: Missa sacra, Op. 147
The Swedish Radio Choir (Radiokören), Johan Hammarström, Kaspars Putniņš
Stained Glass
Stained Glass
Christian Ihle Hadland, Johan Dalene
Kalevi Aho: Concerto Works for Recorder, Tenor Saxophone & Accordion
Kalevi Aho: Concerto Works for Recorder, Tenor Saxophone & Accordion
Saimaa Sinfonietta, Eero Saunamäki, Esa Pietilä, Janne Valkeajoki, Erkki Lasonpalo
Beethoven: Piano Trios, Vol. 2
Beethoven: Piano Trios, Vol. 2
Sitkovetsky Trio
Pettersson: Concerto No. 1 for Violin & String Quartet, 2 Elegies for Violin & Piano & Other Chamber Works
Pettersson: Concerto No. 1 for Violin & String Quartet, 2 Elegies for Violin & Piano & Other Chamber Works
Ulf Wallin, Sueye Park, Thomas Hoppe, Daniel Vlashi Lukaçi, German Tcakulov, Alexander Wollheim
Sounds and Sweet Airs - A Shakespeare Songbook
Sounds and Sweet Airs - A Shakespeare Songbook
Carolyn Sampson, Roderick Williams, Joseph Middleton
Liszt: Transcendental Études
Liszt: Transcendental Études
Haochen Zhang
J.S. Bach: Organ Works, Vol. 4
J.S. Bach: Organ Works, Vol. 4
Masaaki Suzuki
Saint-Saëns: Works for Piano & Orchestra
Saint-Saëns: Works for Piano & Orchestra
Tapiola Sinfonietta, Alexandre Kantorow, Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Brahms: Piano Works
Brahms: Piano Works
Alexandre Kantorow
Synergy
Synergy
Sharon Bezaly, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Bram van Sambeek, Michael Collins, Michala Petri, Walter Auer, Thomas Dausgaard
Mozart: Flute Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Mozart: Flute Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Sharon Bezaly, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Julie Palloc, Juha Kangas
Beethoven-Liszt & Mozart-Alkan: Piano Transcriptions
Beethoven-Liszt & Mozart-Alkan: Piano Transcriptions
Paul Wee
Alkan: Symphony for Solo Piano & Concerto for Solo Piano
Alkan: Symphony for Solo Piano & Concerto for Solo Piano
Paul Wee
J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, Vol. 1
J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, Vol. 1
Frank Peter Zimmermann
A Retrospective
A Retrospective
Christian Poltéra, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Antoine Tamestit, Trio Zimmermann
J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Bach Collegium Japan, Makoto Sakurada, Carolyn Sampson, Damien Guillon, Christian Immler, Benjamin Bruns, Aki Matsui, Toru Kaku, Zachary Wilder, Clint van der Linde, Masaaki Suzuki
Haydn: String Quartets Op. 33 Nos 1-3
Haydn: String Quartets Op. 33 Nos 1-3
Chiaroscuro Quartet
Nielsen & Sibelius: Violin Concertos
Nielsen & Sibelius: Violin Concertos
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Johan Dalene, John Storgårds
Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä
Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos
Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos
Haochen Zhang, Philadephia Orchestra, Nathalie Stutzmann
Mozart & Birchall: Clarinet Concertos
Mozart & Birchall: Clarinet Concertos
Philharmonia Orchestra, Michael Collins, Wigmore Soloists, Robin O'Neill

BIS History

1974

The question of how to transport my first LPs to the shops.  On the subway in Stockholm, I had to buy an extra ticket for each suitcase, until I took a closer look at the regulations… A pram was allowed free of charge, and there was no mention of it needing to be occupied by a baby, so instead I packed my LPs in a pram and sailed through for free. Swedish TV got to hear about it and the story appeared on prime-time news. After that, BIS was a known factor in Sweden.

1975

The sensational Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson.  Knowing her from my days as a recording engineer with the Stockholm Phil, I sent a letter to her, asking politely if she might want to record for this start-up.  Some months later she called me up and agreed.  At the recording, I was a nervous wreck.  Upon noticing, she approached me asking:  Mr. Von Bahr, you seem nervous?  Well yes, I replied - very much so.  She responded: Let’s make it easy - if I sing like a pig, I request you to tell me exactly that.  We’re doing this together, as a team, and by the way, please call me Birgit. Plain sailing after that – the bigger the artist, the easier to deal with – it’s often like that.  Her record created all of BIS’s international distribution in one fell swoop.

1984

The Four Seasons with Nils-Erik Sparf and the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble – one of the first period instrument ensembles.  After two days we had it in the can, a very good result indeed.  However… there were patches of not 100% togetherness and some improvisations that were better suited elsewhere. So I asked if we should REALLY go for it – a unison YES came, and we spent another four full days and nights perfecting it.  This version is still regarded as one of the very best­­­ of all time, and is selling like hotcakes to this day.

1990/91

The Sibelius Violin Concerto, the original version.  After many years of discussions with Sibelius’s family, permission to record the original version of the violin concerto was finally given, under the condition that a Finn would be the soloist.  Recording time was arranged, but even the best violinist in Finland was unable to negotiate its immense difficulties, and after two days we were forced to give it up.  New negotiations took place, and we were allowed to record it with the winner of the Sibelius Competition, a then-young Leonidas Kavakos. However, even he balked at a passage in the second movement that he considered unplayable.  Temperaments somewhat flaring, I made it clear from my part that the original, not the ossia, had to be played. Leonidas said he would look at it again during the break, and immediately afterwards he put it down on the first attempt.  The recording is still one of BIS’s best-selling albums and the introduction to our Sibelius Edition, the most thorough Edition in the history of recorded music.

1995

The start of the Bach Collegium Japan/Masaaki Suzuki era.  We were contacted by them, wanting to record all Bach’s Cantatas.  My knee-jerk reaction was the same as everyone else’s – incredulity – but when they invited me to Japan to hear for myself, I was immediately bowled over.  The results are uniquely good and in my honest opinion, exceed all other versions.  The work to launch this cycle, however, was difficult. People had the same preconceived ideas as I had, and it took two full round-the-world trips for me to persuade distributors, reviewers and promoters to even listen to them.  Now, of course, they are the touchstone standard that all others are measured against, and the BCJ/BIS saga is anything but over.  A new Box with Bach’s vocal music will be released during this 50th Anniversary year.

2000/01

The Passion of St. Thomas More.  An odd record, but one that is totally indicative of what BIS stands for – CHOICE.  I was sent a ‘master’ of an unknown work by an unknown composer – Garrett Fisher, offering me to publish it.  The work is mesmerising – kind of Pärt but ‘pre-Pärt’ meditative, soul-cleansing and soothing. Only one problem, neither the recording itself, nor some of the artists were up to BIS’s standards.  So I decided to invite some of the ensemble to Sweden, adding my ‘own’ musicians to the mix, to make a proper recording.  They gathered in my home, where they stayed for a good week, rehearsing and then recording in a fantastic acoustic in a small church in the middle of nowhere.  Was it worth the huge outlays?  Financially – no, certainly not.  Artistically:  yes, many times over.  This is what we do, this is what we stand for.

2002

Nordic Spell. The first culmination – out of many – with one of the best musicians I have ever heard, Sharon Bezaly, who now doubles as my wife.  We commissioned three concertos from three Nordic composers.  It is well known that when you commission, you get what you get, mostly OK, sometimes worse, rarely top-notch.  But this time we were incredibly lucky – all three works are some of the best in the genre, and the record has been a rip-roaring success, with Sharon going on to play the Aho Concerto all around the world – the artistic value of this is immense.

2010

Trio Zimmermann.  It is quite astounding that our small Swedish label has been able to attract world stars like Frank Peter Zimmermann, with his colleagues Antoine Tamestit and Christian Poltéra, to record for us. These gentlemen believe that artistic quality is more important than money, and BIS stands for precisely that, this time in the shape of Hans Kipfer as producer.  As a matter of fact, this super-ensemble has recorded everything they set out to record for us, and both Frank Peter and Christian are continuing their respective solo careers with us, when they could have chosen any label to do so.  Pride!

2015

Alexandre Kantorow.  Through our decade-long relationship with Jean-Jacques Kantorow, we came to listen to a tape with of his son performing Liszt concertos, and our jaws dropped – a 17-year-old playing with the wisdom of generations, coupled with a technique and musicality belying his age. We were all stunned, and immediately signed up this indecently gifted musician exclusively. Some years later he participated in the Tchaikovsky Competition, which he won hands down, including the seldom awarded special prize.  His career has been rocketlike – as I write he is travelling back from receiving the rarely given Gilmore Prize, on his way to concerts with the Berlin Phil, and then back to the US for his Carnegie Hall debut.  I am so proud that we at BIS immediately recognized him for what he was and what he could become, before his stratospheric rise to stardom.

2016

Chiaroscuro Quartet.  Another world-class ensemble that has cast its vote with us, the Quartet now records regularly for us on their period instruments, garnering such plaudits that even I am stunned.  It is a great feather in our cap that such musicians choose BIS to have their visions fulfilled in the most authentically artistic way possible.

2023

50 years of BIS, 80 years of me. BIS has now become part of Platoon, Apple’s artist and creative services company, where our family of artists will be even better served and our legacy will continue to grow. As proud as I am of this milestone, I am even more proud of the fact that the entire personnel of BIS, including me, have been retained. We all look forward to a future, filled with new music and artists in golden sound from this increased force in classical music.