Montreal based pianist and composer Alexandra Stréliski announces the signing to XXIM Records
From an early age, Alexandra Stréliski was moved by romantic composers such as Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Schumann as much as by film composers like Hans Zimmer, Philip Glass and John Williams. A trailblazing woman in the modern classical scene, her minimalist, emotionally striking music has enthralled listeners the world over.
Her debut album, 2010s Pianoscope, went on to reach Gold status in Canada and was featured in Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Demolition (2016), and during the Oscars (2014). The follow-up, 2018’s INSCAPE, was another stunning success, reaching Platinum status in Canada and winning multiple awards, including Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2020 JUNO Awards, alongside global streaming success. Now a household name in Canada’s vibrant music scene, and with over 300 million audio streams and 140k album sales to her name, signing to XXIM represents the next stage of Stréliski’s artistic development.
That begins with new song “The hills,” set for release on the 18th of November and her first new music in four years. The track will also be accompanied by a video, created in collaboration with Montreal based director Laurence Baz Morais offering both a view back and a glimpse into Stréliski’s visual world for the future. This will be followed by a much-anticipated new album – her third – in spring 2023, alongside extensive touring in Canada, the US, and Europe throughout next year, news of which will be shared in due course. All upcoming music will be released worldwide, excluding Canada, by XXIM Records/Sony Masterworks, in partnership with Montreal-based Secret City Records – her label home since the release of 2018’s hit album INSCAPE – which will continue to release Stréliski in her home market.
Of singing with XXIM Records, Alexandra Stréliski says: “This is a very exciting new chapter of my musical career and I feel grateful to be adding such passionate and dedicated people to my team. It’s great as an artist to work with such an international bunch of people that love music and are interested in propelling it further. I’m also happy to have a European label too, as I now live part time in Rotterdam and my new music is heavily influenced by my European roots and ancestors.”
Per Hauber, President Sony Classical and Co-Head of Sony Music Masterworks, comments: “I’m really looking forward to working with Alexandra Stréliski on XXIM Records. The new album will surely be another important milestone in Alexandra’s career. The entire Sony Music Masterworks team is honoured and excited about the opportunity to bring her music to a wide audience across all boarders.”
Alexander Buhr, SVP International A&R at Sony Masterworks adds: “Alex is a unique voice in modern classical music. With her emotional depth, artistic integrity and her ability to connect with people, she has already formed a bond with many music fans in Canada and beyond. We are very excited to work with her on new music and on bringing it to ever more people around the world.”