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Karim Sulayman’s “Where Only Stars Can Hear Us” is out now

After winning last year’s Best Classical Solo Vocal GRAMMY® Award for his debut solo album Songs of Orpheus (17th-century Italian Songs), Karim Sulayman teams with acclaimed fortepianist Yi-heng Yang to present Where Only Stars Can Hear Us, a collection of Schubert songs now available from AVIE Records. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart and the iTunes Classical Chart.

With masterful storytelling, Sulayman and Yang invite the listener on a journey through song honoring the composer’s unrivaled ability to capture joy and sadness in a single moment. Their voyage traverses themes of darkness and yearning, guided throughout by moonbeams and shining stars. Where Only Stars Can Hear Us is an offering of consolation in dark times as Sulayman and Yang extend comfort in the idea that no one is truly alone.

The 6 1/2-octave Viennese fortepiano built by Joseph Simon in 1830 was graciously loaned to this project by Malcolm Bilson and the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards, and provides the listener with a beautiful and authentic sound world.

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Praised for his “lucid, velvety tenor and pop-star charisma” (BBC Music Magazine), Lebanese-American tenor Karim Sulayman regularly performs on the world’s opera and concert stages as well as in recital and chamber music. He has recently appeared at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Drottningholms Slottsteater in Stockholm, Houston Grand Opera, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, the Chicago, Pittsburgh and National Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and the Ravinia Festival.

Pianist and historical keyboardist Yi-heng Yang has been noted by the New York Times as a pianist “of astonishing skill and vividness.” She has released acclaimed recordings on the Deux-Elles, Olde Focus and Acis labels, and won the 2018 American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award for contributions to historical performance. She serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School where she teaches fortepiano, chamber music and piano. She is also on the fortepiano faculty at the Mannes School of Music, and is director of the Academy of Fortepiano Performance in Hunter, NY.