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Premieres 2017–2018

Brett Dean John Williams Chris Brubeck Jan Ryant Dřízal Timo Andres Mark Simpson Fazil Say Eduard Hayrapetyan
Vyacheslav Artyomov Tobias PM Schneid Søren Nils Eichberg Steven Mackey Lowell Liebermann Chaya Czernowin Pascal Dusapin Kuzma Bodrov

Premieres (Jun 30, 2018)

Brett Dean's cello concerto

Alban Gerhardt will give the world premiere of Brett Dean's cello concerto on Aug 22—with additional performances on Aug 24 and 25—in Sydney, Australia [Tickets/info] with David Robertson conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

The European premiere of the concerto will be given by Gerhardt this fall, Oct 4–6, in Berlin, Germany with Sakari Oramo conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker; followed by a Dutch premiere in Amsterdam on Oct 25 at the Cello Biennale with Klaus Mäkelä conducting the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.

Premieres (Jun 30, 2018)

"Highwood's Ghost"

John Williams' new work "Highwood's Ghost"—celebrating the sculptures of Aaron Copland, Serge Koussevitzky, and Leonard Bernstein on the grounds of the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA—will be premiered by Yo-Yo Ma on Aug 19 [Tickets/info] at Tanglewood with Andris Nelsons conducting the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.

Premieres (Jun 30, 2018)

Brubeck's double concerto

Chris Brubeck's Double Concerto for Violin and Cello will be premiered by Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson on Aug 11 [Tickets/info] in Incline Village, NV with Joel Revzen conducting the Classical Tahoe Orchestra.

Additional performance of the double concerto will be given next year by Laredo and Robinson on Jan 24 and 26 in Greensboro, NC with Dmitry Sitkovetsky conducting the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

Premieres (May 1, 2018)


Commissioned by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jan Ryant Dřízal's new work for solo cello and orchestra, "Narcissus", will be premiered by Tomáš Jamník on May 7 [Tickets/info] at the historic Rudolfinum in Prague, Czechia with Marek Šedivý conducting the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Premieres (Apr 20, 2018)

"Upstate Obscura"

Timo Andres' cello concerto "Upstate Obscura"—inspired by John Vanderlyn's 12 x 165 ft. painting "Panoramic View of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles"—will be premiered by Inbal Segev on Apr 21 [Tickets/info] at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Andrew Cyr conducting the Metropolis Ensemble. Listen to the demo recordings of the new concerto alongside scenes of the painting and the composer's descriptions in a special feature published today in The New York Times!

Premieres (Apr 5, 2018)

A new cello concerto

With the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Clemens Schuldt, Leonard Elschenbroich will premiere Mark Simpson's cello concerto on Apr 21 [Tickets/info] at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, UK. A free pre-concert event is scheduled for 6:45PM that evening [More info] so plan on arriving early to hear Simpson and Elschenbroich talk about the new concerto.

Premieres (Apr 2, 2018)

"Never give up"

Commissioned by the Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Fazil Say's cello concerto—"Never give up"—will be premiered by Camille Thomas in Paris, France with Douglas Boyd conducting the Orchestre de chambre de Paris on Apr 3 [Tickets/info]. The concerto opens with a cello cadenza in an outcry marked "fight against darkness" in the score; for more information, please visit

Premieres (Mar 5, 2018)

Hayrapetyan's new concerto

Eduard Hayrapetyan's new cello concerto will be premiered by Narek Hakhnazaryan with Sergey Smbatyan conducting the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra on Mar 28 at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany. For more information, please visit and

Premieres (Feb 2, 2018)

"In Spe"

Vyacheslav Artyomov's "In Spe"—a 46-minute work and the second installment of the cycle of symphonies "The Star of Exodus" for soloists and large orchestra—will be premiered by violinist Ivan Pochekin and cellist Alexander Buzlov with Valentin Uryupin conducting the Russian National Orchestra on Feb 26 [Tickets/info] at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia.

Premieres (Dec 1, 2017)

Schneid's new concerto

Tobias PM Schneid's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2 will be premiered by Maximilian Hornung with John Storgårds conducting the Munich Chamber Orchestra on Dec 6 [Tickets/info] in Ravensburg, Germany, followed by performances in Munich on Dec 7 and Aschaffenburg on Dec 10. In addition to the new work, Hornung will perform Ligeti's cello concerto on all three dates.

Premieres (Nov 8, 2017)

"Lumière" in memoriam
Mstislav Rostropovich

Commissioned by the Kronberg Academy with support from the Danish Composers' Society / KODA's Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes, Søren Nils Eichberg's "Lumière" will be premiered by Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Frans Helmerson with Kammerorchester Metamorphosen Berlin on Nov 16 [Tickets/info] in Berlin, Germany at a concert in memoriam Mstislav Rostropovich.

Premieres (Oct 13, 2017)

"Through Your Fingers"

Co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall, Steven Mackey's new work for cello and piano, "Through Your Fingers", will be premiered by Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan in New York, NY on Oct 17 [Tickets/info] at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, and in London, UK on Nov 4 [Tickets/info] at Wigmore Hall. Additional performances of "Through Your Fingers" will be given by Weilerstein and Barnatan in Fort Worth, TX (Oct 19 & 20) and in Celle, Germany (Nov 2).

Premieres (Oct 1, 2017)

Liebermann's cello concerto

Julian Schwarz will give the world premiere of Lowell Liebermann's Cello Concerto Oct 27–28 [Tickets/info] in Ohio with Alexander Prior conducting the Toledo Symphony, followed by a Nov 4 performance [Tickets/info] in Massachusetts with Kevin Rhodes conducting the Springfield Symphony.

Additional performances of the concerto will be given by Schwarz next spring in Maryland with the Annapolis Symphony (Apr 13–14), in Michigan with the Jackson Symphony (May 12), and in Florida with the Jacksonville Symphony (May 18–20).

Premieres (Oct 1, 2017)

Cello concerto "Guardian"

Chaya Czernowin's cello concerto "Guardian" will be premiered by Séverine Ballon (nominee of our 4th Listeners' Choice Award) with Pablo Rus Broseta conducting the SWR Symphonieorchester on Oct 22 [Tickets/info] at the Donaueschingen Musiktage 2017 in Germany; the concert will be available for live video streaming at

An additional performance of "Guardian" will be given by Ballon on Nov 17 [Tickets/info] at the Rainy Days Festival in Luxembourg with Roland Kluttig conducting the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.

Premieres (Sep 5, 2017)

"At Swim-Two-Birds"

Pascal Dusapin's double concerto "At Swim-Two-Birds" will be premiered by violinist Viktoria Mullova and cellist Matthew Barley on Sep 30 [Tickets/info] in Amsterdam, Netherlands with Markus Stenz conducting the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest; the concert will be broadcast live on NPO Radio 4 and available for streaming online.

Additional performances of the double concerto will be given by Mullova and Barley next year in Leipzig, Germany with Dima Slobodeniouk conducting the Gewandhausorchester (May 17 and 18) and in Paris, France with Pascal Rophé conducting Orchestre national de France (May 24).

Premieres (Sep 5, 2017)

A new triple concerto

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of the trio, pianist Ekaterina Mechetina alongside violinist Nikita Borisoglebsky and cellist Sergey Antonov will premiere Kuzma Bodrov's new triple concerto on Sep 30 [Tickets/info] at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia with Philipp Chizhevsky conducting the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia. In addition to the world premiere, they will also perform Beethoven's triple concerto.