Orchid Classics was founded in 2005 by violinist Matthew Trusler, with the goal of providing artists with the creative freedom and artistic control to produce their very best work.
The label, still under Trusler’s artistic direction, has since established itself as a significant creative force, and now works with many of today’s major artists. The company won a Latin Grammy Award with Gabriela Montero, one of the most successful recording artists of her generation, in her first release with an independent label.
Other highlights have included the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas boxset with Jonathan Biss; Schoenberg and Brahms Violin Concertos with Jack Liebeck and the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg in two recital albums, one of which received a Classic BRIT nomination and a Gramophone CD of the Year; three albums with violinist Ilya Gringolts including Adams and Ligeti concerti; the debut albums from sopranos Louise Alder and Natalya Romaniw; tenor James Gilchrist in the three great Schubert song cycles; and Fairy Tales, an album of children’s poetry and music with actors Simon Pegg, Clive Owen, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Conti.
In October 2018 Orchid released a single written by Jools Holland and arranged by Carl Davis, in order to raise money for the Lenny Trusler Children’s Foundation. The single went to No.1 in the iTunes chart on the day it was released.