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Premieres 2014–2015

Ken Shimizu Orning and Wallumrød Frano Parać Richard Wernick Helen Grime Frank Corcoran Philipp Maintz Esteban Benzecry
Kile Smith Mason Bates Michael Torke André Previn James Horner Lawrence Dillon Ralf Schmid Paul Dean Christian Winther Christensen

Premieres (Jul 1, 2015)

New work for cello and piano

Cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and pianist Alexei Grynyuk will give the world premiere of Ken Shimizu's new work at Musikfest Bremen on Aug 29 in Bremen, Germany. Also on this recital program are Mark Simpson's "Night Music" (2014) for cello and piano, and Luca Lombardi's "Essay 3" for cello solo. For tickets and more information, please visit:

Premieres (Jul 1, 2015)

Two new cello octets

Commissioned by the music festival "Cellolyd i Lofoten" in the beautiful village of Reine in Loften, Norway, two cello octets—one by Tanja Orning and one by Christian Wallumrød—will receive their world premieres on Aug 8 featuring Orning herself on the cello along with guest cellist Martin Menking and the festival cello ensemble. For tickets and more information, please visit:

Photos: Martin Menking (top L); Tanja Orning (bottom L); 2014 festival cello ensemble (R).

Premieres (Jun 1, 2015)

A new cello concerto

Simfonijski orkestar HRT-a, with chief conductor Enrico Dindo and guest soloist Monika Leskovar, will give the world premiere of 2014–2015 composer-in-residence Frano Parać's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra on Jun 11 at Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Croatia. For tickets and more information, please visit:

Premieres (Jun 1, 2015)

Sonata for Two

With Father's Day fast approaching, Trio Cleonice and Friends will present the world premiere of Richard Wernick's Sonata for Two on Jun 2 in Brookline, Massachusetts featuring the trio's cellist Gwen Krosnick alongside her father and guest cellist Joel Krosnick. The father and daughter, whom the new work was written for as a 70th birthday present to Mr. Krosnick, will round off the concert with Schubert's cello quintet with violinists Ari Issacman-Beck and Emily Smith, and violist Samuel Rhodes. For more information, please visit:

Premieres (May 1, 2015)

"Aviary Sketches" for string trio

Co-commissioned by Wigmore Hall and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Helen Grime's "Aviary Sketches (after Joseph Cornell)" will be premiered by violinist Arnaud Sussmann, violist Matthew Lipman and cellist David Finckel on May 8 at Wigmore Hall in London, U.K., followed by a U.S. premiere later this year on Nov 10 at Alice Tully Hall in New York.

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Premieres (Mar 5, 2015)

Frank Corcoran's cello concerto

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, under guest conductor Kenneth Montgomery, will give the world premiere of Frank Corcoran's Cello Concerto on Mar 13 in Dublin, Ireland. The soloist will be RTÉ NSO's Principal Cellist Martin Johnson, for whom the concerto was written. For tickets and more information, please visit:

Premieres (Feb 2, 2015)

"upon a moment's shallow rim" for cello and orchestra

Alban Gerhardt will give the world premiere of Philipp Maintz's new work, "upon a moment's shallow rim" for cello and orchestra on Feb 20 in Nürnberg, Germany with Marcus Bosch conducting the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg. For tickets and more information, please visit:

Premieres (Feb 2, 2015; updated Feb 9)

Benzecry's cello concerto

Updates: Now through Mar 8, listen to this concert online at (cello concerto starts at 1:19:15).

Commissioned by Radio France, Esteban Benzecry's Cello Concerto will be premiered by Gautier Capuçon with Manuel López-Gómez conducting Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France on Feb 6 in Paris, France at the Maison de la Radio Grand Auditorium.

Premieres (Jan 2, 2015; updated Feb 2)

Cello concerto "And Seeing the Multitudes"

To celebrate the Helena Symphony Orchestra's 60th anniversary season, Composer-in-Residence Kile Smith's new cello concerto "And Seeing the Multitudes" will be premiered on Jan 31 in Helena, Montana by guest soloist Ovidiu Marinescu with Allan R. Scott conducting the Helena Symphony Orchestra. For tickets and more information, please visit:

Photo: Ovidiu Marinescu's cello recital at Philips Autograph Library.

Premieres (Dec 2, 2014)

Mason Bates' cello concerto

Joshua Roman will give the world premiere of Mason Bates' Cello Concerto in Seattle, Washington Dec 11-13 with Mirga Gražinytė -Tyla conducting the Seattle Symphony. For more information, watch this video.

Additional performances of the concerto will be given by Joshua Roman with Rossen Milanov conducting the Columbus Symphony Jan 30-31 in Columbus, Ohio. For tickets, visit:

Premieres (Dec 2, 2014)

"The Winter's Tale"

Michael Torke's cello concerto "The Winter's Tale" will be premiered by Julie Albers with David Alan Miller conducting the Albany Symphony Orchestra on Dec 20 and 21 at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, New York.

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Premieres (Nov 3, 2014)

André Previn's Double Concerto

Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson will give the world premiere of André Previn's Double Concerto for Violin and Cello on Nov 21 and 22 in Cincinnati, Ohio with Louis Langrée conducting the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. For tickets and more information, visit:

Additional performances of the double concerto will be given by Laredo and Robinson later this season with Kansas City Symphony (Jan 16-18), Austin Symphony (Apr 10-11), Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Apr 24-26), Pacific Symphony (May 28-30), Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Jun 4, 6 & 7), as well as Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen next season.

Premieres (Nov 3, 2014)

Double concerto "Pas de Deux"

James Horner's double concerto "Pas de Deux" will be premiered by siblings Mari and Håkon Samuelsen, violin and cello, with Vasily Petrenko conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on Nov 13 and 14 at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, England.

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Premieres (Oct 1, 2014)

New double concerto

Lawrence Dillon's double concerto "Katabasis" will be premiered by Low and Lower— cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe—with Robert Moody conducting the Winston-Salem Symphony on Oct 12 and 14 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. For tickets, visit:

Additional performances of "Katabasis" will be given by Whitehouse and Sharpe with Robert Franz conducting the Boise Philharmonic on Jan 23 in Nampa, Idaho and Jan 24 in Boise, Idaho.

Photos (L to R): Low and Lower; Robert Moody. Courtesy of Winston-Salem Symphony.

Premieres (Oct 1, 2014)

"A Distant Drum"

Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, "A Distant Drum" based on the life of Nat Nakasa who left South Africa during the Apartheid years for New York, will be premiered Oct 13-14 in Bloemfontein, South Africa, followed by a US premiere in New York on Oct 28.

The US premiere—part of Carnegie Hall's festival "UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa"—features Daniel Hope (Artistic Director, Violin), Vincent Segal (Cello) and Jason Marsalis (Percussion), with Ralf Schmid (Music Director, Composer, Keyboards), Michael Olatuja (Bass) and actors Nat Ramabulana and Christiaan Schoombie. For tickets, visit:

Tickets for the world premiere in South Africa are available at the PACOFS box office (Tel: 051 - 447 7772).

Premieres (Sep 3, 2014)

"Three Intimate Interludes" for cello and piano

Sponsored by the S&F Audience Commission Award, "Three Intimate Interludes" by Paul Dean will be premiered by cellist Torleif Thedéen and pianist Kathryn Selby in a six-city tour in Australia Sep 14-21. Also on the program are cello sonatas by Debussy, Beethoven and Grieg. For tickets, visit

Photo courtesy of Selby & Friends.

Premieres (Sep 3, 2014)

New double concerto

For the opening concert of KLANGSPUREN 2014 in Schwaz, Austria, Christian Winther Christensen's "Chromatische Weltmusik" for cello, accordion and orchestra will be premiered by Toke Møldrup and Bjarke Mogensen with Francesco Angelico conducting the Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck on Sep 11. For more information, visit

The premiere of "Chromatische Weltmusik" was originally scheduled for Dec 2013 (Møldrup; Mogensen; Thomas Søndergård and the DR SymfoniOrkestret). That concert was cancelled due to the storm Bodil but a rehearsal recording is available. [Listen].