Virgin Classics has signed French pianist David Fray to a long-term exclusive recording contract.

Fray's first album for the label is slated for an international release in May 2007. The record will be a recital program, consisting of Bach's Partita and French Suite in D minor, coupled with Boulez' Douze Notations pour piano and "Incises".

A multiple award winner, Fray studied piano with Jacques Rouvier at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and later chamber music with Christian Ivaldi and Claire Désert.

"It has always been Virgin Classics' policy, when signing an exclusive contract, to push forward very promising young artists at the threshold of a great international career," comments Alain Lanceron, president of Virgin Classics, in a statement. "This is the case with David Fray, whom we are very happy to welcome into the Virgin Classics family."

In the early months of 2007, Fray is booked to perform at Pleyel in Paris, under the direction of John Axelrod. He is also lined-up to play at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées with Kurt Masur, and in March will tour Italy with the Orchestra Giovanile "Luigi Cherubini" under the direction of Riccardo Muti.

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