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Premieres 2016–2017

Brian Elias Elena Firsova Dan Visconti Geoffrey Gordon Matthias Pintscher Esa-Pekka Salonen Sofia Gubaidulina
Yves Chauris Aziza Sadikova Julia Wolfe Rob Zuidam Guus Janssen Judith Weir

Premieres (Jun 30, 2017; edited Aug 3, 2017)

A new cello concerto

Leonard Elschenbroich, stepping in for Natalie Clein on short notice, will give the world premiere of Brian Elias' cello concerto at the BBC Proms on Aug 9 [Tickets/info] at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK with Ryan Wigglesworth conducting the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and available for streaming online.

Premieres (Jun 1, 2017)

A new double concerto

A commission of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Elena Firsova's double concerto will be premiered by violinist Vadim Gluzman and cellist Johannes Moser on Jun 30 and Jul 1 [Tickets/info] in Berlin, Germany with Tugan Sokhiev conducting the DSO Berlin.

Premieres (May 5, 2017)

Cello concerto "Tangle Eye"

"Tangle Eye", a new concerto by the California Symphony's Young American Composer-in-Residence Dan Visconti, will be premiered by Inbal Segev on May 7 [Tickets/info] in Walnut Creek, CA with Donato Cabrera conducting the California Symphony for the season finale concert of their 30th anniversary season.

Premieres (Apr 5, 2017)

Geoffrey Gordon's "Crucifixus"

Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, with guest cello soloist Toke Møldrup, will give the world premiere of Geoffrey Gordon's "Crucifixus" (a setting of the text from the Ordinary of the Latin Mass) on Apr 30 for the concert "Tenebrae - Easter Light" [Tickets/info] at the Church of Holmen in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Premieres (Mar 5, 2017)

Cello concerto "un despertar"

Alisa Weilerstein will give the world premiere of Matthias Pintscher's cello concerto "un despertar" with the Boston Symphony Orchestra led by guest conductor François-Xavier Roth Mar 23–25 [Tickets/info] in Boston, MA. The new concerto is about 25 minutes in duration and its title "un despertar" (an awakening) is taken from a poem by Octavio Paz.

Premieres (Mar 5, 2017)

Salonen's cello concerto

Esa-Pekka Salonen's cello concerto will be premiered by Yo-Yo Ma with the composer conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Mar 9–11 [Tickets/info] in Chicago, IL. Additional performances of the concerto will be given by Yo-Yo Ma with Alan Gilbert conducting the New York Philharmonic at six concerts*—Mar 15–18 in New York, NY; Apr 2 in London, UK; Apr 3 in Hamburg, Germany.

* Sold out; additional tickets may become available so click the links above for the latest information.

Premieres (Feb 2, 2017)

Gubaidulina's triple concerto

Co-commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Hall, Sofia Gubaidulina's triple concerto will be premiered by violinist Baiba Skride, cellist Harriet Krijgh and bayanist Elsbeth Moser with Andris Nelsons conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra Feb 23–25 [Tickets/info] in Boston, MA followed by a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY on Feb 28 [Tickets/info].

Premieres (Jan 2, 2017)

"D'arbres, de ténèbres, de terre" for cello and piano

Part of the 125 Commissions Project of Carnegie Hall, Yves Chauris' 16-minute work "D'arbres, de ténèbres, de terre" will be premiered by cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and pianist Alexander Melnikov on Jan 25 in New York, NY [Tickets/info]. In addition, Queyras and Melnikov will perform works by Schumann, Beethoven, Webern and Chopin.

Premieres (Jan 2, 2017)

A new cello concerto

Julian Steckel, with Elias Grandy conducting Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, will give the world premiere of Aziza Sadikova's cello concerto on Jan 18 and 19 in Heidelberg, Germany [Tickets/info]. Concerts for both evenings will start at 8:00PM with introduction at 7:15PM.

Premieres (Nov 3, 2016)

"Splendid Hopes" for cello quintet

Julia Wolfe's new 30-minute work for cello quintet, "Splendid Hopes", will receive its world premiere on Nov 5 in Durham, NC [Tickets/info] featuring cellist Johannes Moser with the Pacifica Quartet, with additional performances on Nov 6 in St. Paul, MN [Tickets/info] and on Jan 9 next year in Portland, OR [Tickets/info].

The Pacifica Quartet, back on Jun 1, announced the departure of its first violinist Simin Ganatra. Her replacement has yet to be announced.

Premieres (Oct 4, 2016)

A new cello concerto

Co-commissioned by the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Rob Zuidam's cello concerto will be premiered on Oct 27 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands [Tickets/info], followed by a performance on Oct 28 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands [Tickets/info]; both performances will be given by cellist Ivan Monighetti with Joshua Weilerstein conducting the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Premieres (Oct 4, 2016)

"Out of step" for solo cello and ensemble

Anton Mecht Spronk and Score Collective will give the world premiere of Guus Janssen's "Out of Step" for solo cello and ensemble on Oct 26 [Tickets/info] at the Cello Biënnale in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Also on the program is the Dutch premiere of Gilbert Amy's cello concerto to be given by Jean-Guihen Queyras with Judith Kubitz conducting the Amsterdam Conservatory Symphony Orchestra.

Premieres (Sep 1, 2016)

"Three Chorales" for cello and piano

Judith Weir's "Three Chorales" for cello and piano will be premiered by cellist Jonathan Miller and pianist Randall Hodgkinson on Sep 23 in Salem, MA [Tickets/info], followed by a performance on Sep 25 in Brookline, MA [Tickets/info]. Both concerts will also include piano trios of Beethoven and Schumann for which Miller and Hodgkinson will be joined by violinist Sharan Leventhal.