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Premieres 2013–2014

Thomas Cabaniss Edward Nesbit Paola Prestini Rami Khalifé Peter Eötvös Giovanni Sollima Mason Bates Michel van der Aa Magnus Lindberg

Premieres (Jul 1, 2014)

"One Silken Thread" for cello and piano four-hands

Commissioned by Bay Chamber Concerts, Thomas Cabaniss' "One Silken Thread" for cello and piano four-hands will be premiered by cellist Jeffrey Ziegler with the husband and wife piano duo Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung at the Bay Chamber Summer Festival on Aug 16 in Rockport, ME. Other works on the program include Russell Platt's Duo for Violin and Cello, and Beethoven's Piano Trio Op. 97 "Archduke". For tickets and more information, visit:

Photo courtesy of Bay Chamber Concerts

Premieres (Jul 1, 2014; updated Jul 7)

"To Dance on Sands"

A commission for the 2014 Verbier Festival, Edward Nesbit's "To Dance on Sands" for eight cellos will be premiered by Adrian Brendel, Gautier Capuçon, Lionel Cottet, Amanda Forsyth, Clemens Hagen, Mischa Maisky, István Várdai and Kyril Zlotnikov on July 30 at the Verbier Festival in Verbier, Switzerland. The program also includes Villa-Lobos' popular Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for soprano and eight cellos. For webcast and more information, please visit

Photos: courtesy of Verbier Festival; top (L to R) Brendel, Várdai, Hagen; middle (L to R) Maisky, Capuçon; bottom (L to R) Forsyth, Zlotnikov, Cottet.

Premieres (May 27, 2014)

New solo cello work

Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Paola Prestini's "Eight Takes" for solo cello will be premiered by New York Phil cellist Sumire Kudo at the NY PHIL BIENNIAL CONTACT! concert on Tuesday, June 3 at 7:30PM at SubCulture, located at 45 Bleecker Street in New York. The program also includes premieres of solo works for trombone, viola, piano, violin and clarinet written by young American composers. For tickets and more information, visit:

Premieres (May 1, 2014)

Cello concerto "The Zone"

Renowned cellist and Music Director of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Han-Na Chang (who is making her BBC Proms conducting debut this summer), will conduct the orchestra for the world premiere of Rami Khalifé's cello concerto "The Zone" on Saturday, May 31 with Hassan Moataz El Molla as cello soloist. For tickets and more information, please visit

Photos courtesy of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

Premieres (Apr 1, 2014)

New work for 12 cellos

Commissioned by the KölnMusik, Peter Eötvös' "Dodici" will receive its world premiere by the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic at the Kölner Philharmonie this Wednesday, April 2. The 12 Cellists will also perform works by Bach-Despalj, Schumann-Quandt, Brett Dean, Marijn Simons, and Ellington-Tizol. For tickets and more information, please visit:

Photo courtesy of the Kölner Philharmonie

Premieres (Jan 15, 2014; updated Feb 3)

New double concerto

Commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Giovanni Sollima's Antidotum Tarantulae Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra was premiered by the cellist-composer himself alongside Yo-Yo Ma, with Riccardo Muti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Jan 30 through Feb 1. For more information, please visit:

Premieres (Dec 16, 2013)

New work for cello octet

Commissioned by MusicNow of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), cello octet "Carbide & Carbon" by CSO's Mead Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates receives its world premiere by members of the CSO conducted by Edwin Outwater on Monday, December 16th, 2013 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance located at the north end of Millennium Park in Downtown Chicago. For more information, please visit:

Premieres (Oct 16, 2013)

U.S. premiere of Up-close

Winner of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, Michel van der Aa's cello concerto "Up-close" will be performed in New York by cellist Kaori Yamagami, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and film on Monday October 28th at Lincoln Center's White Light Festival. Please note that this event will be held at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom, outside Lincoln Center campus. For more information, please visit:

Photo: Up-close (Kaori Yamagami, cello) © Maikel Samuels

Premieres (Oct 15, 2013)

New cello concerto

Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Magnus Lindberg's Cello Concerto No. 2 will be premiered by cellist Anssi Karttunen with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic from Friday, October 18th to Sunday, October 20th at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. For tickets and more information, visit:

Photo: Magnus Lindberg © Hanya Chlala/Arena