Premieres (May 2, 2023)

Cello concerto "Lost Coast"

Gabriella Smith's "Lost Coast", in a new 2023 version for amplified solo cello and full orchestra, will be premiered by cellist Gabriel Cabezas with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic May 25–27 [Tickets/info These events have passed] in Los Angeles followed by May 28This event has passed in Santa Barbara.

Premieres (May 2, 2023)

Cello concerto "Earth, Sea, Air"

Cheryl Frances-Hoad's cello concerto "Earth, Sea, Air" will receive its world premiere on May 18 [Tickets/info This event has passed] in Glasgow, UK featuring cellist Laura van der Heijden and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Ryan Wigglesworth.

Premieres (Apr 11, 2023)

Teddy Abrams' "Mammoth"

A site-specific composition "Mammoth" by Teddy Abrams will be performed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma at two immersive concerts inside the cave at the Mammoth Cave National Park on Apr 29 [More info This event has passed] at 11am and 3pm with bass-baritone Davóne Tines, the Louisville Chamber Choir, and members of the Louisville Orchestra under the baton of Abrams. A selection of "Mammoth" will be played by Ma—in addition to Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1—two days earlier in Louisville, KY at the Apr 27This event has passed Louisville Orchestra gala concert.

Premieres (Apr 11, 2023)

Sean Shepherd's "On a Clear Day"

Written for cellist Jan Vogler, conductor Kent Nagano, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, and the combined choirs of Audi Jugendchorakademie, Alsterspatzen, Dresdner Kreuzchor, and Young ClassX, Sean Shepherd's "An einem klaren Tag—On a Clear Day" will be joined by the Young New Yorkers' Chorus for the world premiere on Apr 22 [Tickets/info This event has passed] in New York, followed by performances in Hamburg (Apr 28This event has passed & 30This event has passed) and Dresden (May 5This event has passed).

Premieres (Apr 11, 2023)

Katherine Balch's "whisper concerto"

The world premiere of Katherine Balch's "whisper concerto" will be given by cellist Zlatomir Fung Apr 20–22 [Tickets/info These events have passed] in Dallas, TX alongside conductor Gemma New and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, while a German premiere (May 7This event has passed & 8This event has passed) in Darmstadt will be given by cellist Maximilian Hornung with conductor Karsten Januschke and the Staatsorchester Darmstadt.

Premieres (Mar 7, 2023)

Cello concerto "Four Spirits"

Fusing Western and African traditions, Abel Selaocoe will premiere his cello concerto "Four Spirits" on Mar 23 [Tickets/info This event has passed] in Glasgow with conductor Anu Tali and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, followed by performances in Seattle (Apr 13, 15, 16These events have passed) with conductor Lawrence Renes and the Seattle Symphony.

Premieres (Mar 7, 2023; edited Mar 20, 2023)

Concerto "Les Chants de l'Aube"

Cellist Gautier Capuçon, alongside conductor Andris Nelsons, will give the world premiere of Thierry Escaich's Cello Concerto No. 2 "Les Chants de l'Aube" on Mar 16 [Tickets/info This event has passed], followed by an additional performance on Mar 17This event has passed, in Leipzig with the Gewandhausorchester.

Shortly afterwards, Capuçon and Nelsons will perform the concerto in Salzburg (Apr 4 & 10These events have passed) with the Gewandhausorchester, and also in Boston (Apr 13–15These events have passed) and New York (Apr 24This event has passed) with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Premieres (Feb 10, 2023; edited May 2, 2023)

Agerfeldt Olesen's new concerto

Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen's Cello Concerto No. 2 will be premiered by Jakob Kullberg (nominee of our 10th Listeners' Choice Award) on Mar 9 [Tickets/info This event has passed] in Aabenraa, Denmark with the Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester conducted by Joachim Gustafsson, followed by a performance on May 12This event has passed in Wrocław, Poland with conductor Thomas Dausgaard and the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic.

Premieres (Feb 10, 2023)

Cello concerto "La Danse de David"

With the original date in April 2020 canceled due to the pandemic, Marc Coppey (winner of our 6th Listeners' Choice Award) will give the world premiere of François Meïmoun's cello concerto, "La Danse de David", on Feb 16 [Tickets/info This event has passed] in Paris with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France conducted by Kazushi Ono.

Premieres (Feb 10, 2023)

Cello concerto "I giardini di Vilnius"

The world premiere of Francesco Filidei's cello concerto, "I giardini di Vilnius", will be given on Feb 12 [Tickets/info This event has passed] in Paris at the Festival Présences by cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton alongside conductor Antony Hermus and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Premieres (Jan 13, 2023)

Cello concerto "Overbound"

James O'Callaghan's "Overbound" concerto for amplified solo cello, electronics and orchestra will be premiered by Cameron Crozman (nominee of our 8th Listeners' Choice Award) on Jan 25 [Tickets/info This event has passed] in Toronto, ON with the Esprit Orchestra under the baton of Alex Pauk.

Premieres (Nov 1, 2022)

Francisco Coll's cello concerto

Composer-conductor Francisco Coll, alongside Sol Gabetta, will give the world premiere of his cello concerto on Nov 27 [Tickets/info This event has passed] in Paris with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, followed by performancesThese events have passed in Switzerland next January with the Kammerorchester Basel.

Premieres (Nov 1, 2022)

New work for solo cello and choir

Cellist Maya Beiser joins The Crossing for the long-awaited premiere of Michael Gordon's concert-length autobiographical work "Travel Guide to Nicaragua" on Nov 16 [Tickets/info This event has passed] in Philadelphia, PA at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, followed by a New York premiere at Carnegie Hall on Nov 17This event has passed.

Premieres (Oct 1, 2022; edited Oct 20, 2022)

Jeths | Padding | Moore | Grahl

*Johannes Moser due to illness will be replaced by Leonard Elschenbroich*

At the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam 2022, a ten-day festival in the Netherlands, world premieres of cello concertos will include Willem Jeths' "Nell'Oltretomba" on Oct 21This event has passed (Johannes Moser with Nederlands Kamerorkest), Martijn Padding's "Swift, Grey and Spacious" on Oct 22This event has passed (Matt Haimovitz with Residentie Orkest), Kate Moore's "Frieda's Reis" on Oct 23This event has passed (Ashley Bathgate with CvA Symfonieorkest), and Trevor Grahl's double concerto "Lightweight" on Oct 27This event has passed (Lidy Blijdorp and Sebastiaan van Halsema, with Asko|Schönberg).

Premieres (Sep 29, 2022)

Cello concerto "Human Archipelago"

Vijay Iyer's cello concerto "Human Archipelago" will be premiered by cellist Inbal Segev (nominee of our 7th Listeners' Choice Award) on Oct 1 [Tickets/info This event has passed] in London with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Additional performances will be given by Segev with the Oregon Symphony on Jan 13This event has passed (Salem, OR) and Jan 14–16These events have passed (Portland, OR), followed by the Boise Philharmonic on Jan 21This event has passed (1:00pm & 7:30pm) in Boise, ID and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra on Feb 25This event has passed in Palos Heights, IL.

Premieres (Sep 13, 2022)

Neuwirth's double concerto

"According to What", Olga Neuwirth's double concerto named after Jasper Johns' 1964 painting of the same title, will be premiered by cellist Tanja Tetzlaff and percussionist Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen on Sep 22 [Tickets/info This event has passed] in Norway with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra conducted by Baldur Bönnimann.

Additional performances will be given by Tetzlaff and Sørensen on Oct 7This event has passed in Austria with Yalda Zamani and the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jan 26This event has passed in Sweden with Thierry Fischer and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and Apr 23This event has passed in France with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris.