To celebrate International Women’s Day, rising French violinist and social media star Esther Abrami today releases her first single ‘Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22: I. Andante molto’ composed by Clara Schumann, via Sony Classical. Recorded at The Stoller Hall with classical concert pianist Iyad Sughayer.
Composed in 1853 by German pianist and composer Clara Schumann, and first movement of the ‘Three Romances for Violin and Piano”, Op.22″, Andante molto is a passionate and melancholic dialogue between a haunting piano and powerful violin. With energetic arpeggios, the intensity is building up along the track, to make the performance flawless.
If Clara Schumann said that “women are not born to compose”, it was on the contrary essential for Esther to perform music by a revered female composer for her debut single. Esther notes “I’m passionate about female composers. For me it is such a pleasure to play work by the female composers who are only just beginning to be celebrated. Their work hasn’t been recorded so often, which gives musicians an opportunity to leave their mark on it. I’m delighted to be recording a piece by Clara Schumann for International Women’s Day and I can’t wait to hear what all my supporters think.”
After graduating from the world-leading Royal College of Music, Esther has been awarded a full scholarship for a master degree at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where she plays a fine Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin kindly loaned to her through the Beare’s International Violin Society.
25 years-old Abrami has played social media with the same open minded virtuosity she does her violin, as she is the first classical musician ever nominated in the Social Media Superstar category at the Global Awards. She has welcomed a whole new audience into a world she knows can feel quite intimidating, aiming to make classical music more accessible by creating her own community on Youtube, Tik Tok and Instagram. There, Esther shows the ups and down of the life of a violinist, and gives advice at the same time to aspiring young musicians.
In four years, by playing renowned classical pieces, but also covering modern hits such as Elvis ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, AC/DC ‘Back In Black’ or challenging herself to learn how to play ‘Black Hole’ by Griff in an hour only, Esther’s passion for music has united over a half a million online followers with traditional audiences who’ve applauded her performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Vienna’s Wiener Konzerthaus.
In the past years, Esther has given solo recitals worldwide in venues such as Stephansdom in Vienna, Salle Cortot, the British Embassy and UNESCO in Paris, Flagey and BOZAR in Brussels as well as across the United States at Louis Meisel Art Gallery in New-York, Parrish Art Museum in the Hamptons, and Dixie State University in Utah.
Born in 1996 and raised in Aix-en-Provence, violinist Esther Abrami’s story is that of a young, modern-day woman of the internet age who has succeeded on international stages and secured a coveted recording contract with a major label due to her courage and determination. With more music to come this year, Esther Abrami is now on her way to become the most promising young classical music artist, determined to invite the next generation to join the classical music world.