Composer Rachel Portman signs with Sony Classical

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Portman’s first release with Sony Classical will be a new arrangement of the music that won him an Oscar in 1997.

Classic Sony announced the signing of British composer Rachel Portman. Portman’s debut album with the will be released in the fall of 2022.

His first release under the partnership will be a solo piano recording of his new arrangement. Emma – Suite for piano based on his original film score Emma which in 1997 made her the first female composer to win an Oscar for Best Score, Original Score.

Sony Classical UK director Sarah Thwaites said: “Throughout her extraordinary career, Rachel Portman has continually broken down barriers to become one of today’s most successful and in-demand film composers. Not only is she an exceptionally talented composer and pianist, but she is also an inspiring role model, who has always actively challenged stereotypes and paved the way for other female composers.

Born in West Sussex, Portman began composing at 14 and, after studying music at Oxford University, wrote music for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK. She has written over 100 scores for stage and screen, including The Little Prince: A Magical Opera for Houston Grand Opera as well as The Tale of the Water Seer, a choral symphony for BBC Proms.

In 2020, Portman recorded her first album as a composer-pianist, ask the riverwith Node records and recently created The first morning of the world as part of Joyce DiDonato Eden initiative.

Portman said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to partner with Sony Classical on this signing and look forward to a rich and rewarding creative collaboration.”

You can read more about Rachel Portman here.

You can learn more about Sony Classical here.

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