Have you played in premieres of new works, and have you enjoyed the experience?
This week I spoke to violinist Margaret Batjer about premiering a new violin concerto by Pierre Jalbert, but that kind of high-profile commission and performance is not the only way to be involved in the premiere of a new work. Many orchestras and ensembles commission and premiere new music on a regular basis, so members of such groups have fairly frequent opportunities to perform new music. Frankly, anyone with imagination, fund-raising savvy and the courage can call up a composer can get the ball rolling on the creation of a new piece.
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When Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Margaret Batjer received the score for Pierre Jalbert's new Violin Concerto, "I was super-excited, like a little kid at Christmas," she said. She opened it up, looked through it excitedly, and then she put it on her studio desk. She kept looking at it, but it took her a long time to feel ready to take out her violin and start learning the nuts and bolts.
"I found that kind of interesting, that I didn't immediately grab the part and start learning it," Batjer said. "It just sat in my studio and I looked at it a lot; I didn't take the violin with it until much later. I wanted to have a moment to really digest the score before looking at the violin part, to sort of get an overview of what I thought he was going for."
Batjer will perform Jalbert's Violin Concerto this weekend with LACO and conductor Jeffrey Kahane, in a concert that is actually the third "premiere" for the concerto. Jalbert wrote the piece for three concertmasters: Batjer of LACO; Steven Copes of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; and Frank Almond of the Milwaukee Symphony. Batjer is actually the last to give her premiere; Copes performed the work last June (review here and performance here), and Almond performed it last month (review here). All three orchestras co-commissioned the piece from Jalbert, who is currently composer-in-residence for LACO. This weekend's performances will be professionally recorded for a CD celebrating Batjer's 20 years with LACO. Keep reading...
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Ingolfsson and her duo partner pianist Vladimir Stoupel will visit campus several times as Guest Artists in the 2018-19 academic year, and Ingolfsson will begin studio teaching at Peabody in the fall 2019 semester, Peabody announced Wednesday.
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