Here's another young classical musician I would like to hear. He apparently made a recording of the Goldberg Variations last year, but I haven't heard it. (Neither has Jens.) I came across his name in an article (Bringing Bach to the MTV Generation, October 13) from the English-language service of Deutsche Welle, about how Martin Stadtfeld is the new hope of bringing younger listeners to classical music:
With his carefully disheveled crop of dark hair, elegant suits and soulful gaze, Martin Stadtfeld has the kind of heartthrob appeal that helped launch the careers of other young male artists such as America's Josh Groban or Canada's Michael Bublé. But whereas they've conquered international pop music charts with their operatic ballads and jazz covers, Stadtfeld's success has been in the realm of classical music. [...] His age had everything to do with his overnight rise to fame. Only the audacity of youth could propel a promising pianist to, at his own cost, import a special piano from Italy and rent studio time at a local radio station to record the formidable Goldberg Variations. And only the confidence of a young talent with nothing to lose would see the recording be sent, unsolicited, to the Berlin branch of Sony Music, unfazed by the fact that Sony's catalog already contains Glenn Gould's monumental recording.Stadtfeld has a new CD out, they tell me, of Mozart concerti. He started a tour of German cities on Thursday, with an orchestra, all of this at just 25 years old. I know that some people at the Kennedy Center and WPAS read this blog, so I am officially putting in my request to bring Stadtfeld to Washington next season.