Final 2021 orchestral performances of Bryce Dessner

Final 2021 orchestral performances of Bryce Dessner
Bryce Dessner
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After an enforced quiet chapter within concert music, we want to take a moment to highlight the exciting schedule of Bryce Dessner works in the closing five weeks of 2021.  

November 26 – 27
Katia and Marielle Labèque perform Dessner’s Concerto for Two Pianos alongside The Cleveland Orchestra led by Gustavo Gimeno from Mandel Concert Hall, Cleveland. The piece was composed for Katia, Marielle, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra during 2017, with a large portion of the development taking place in Katia and Marielle’s piano studio on rue Quincampoix in Paris and their house on the Basque coast.

November 27 – 30
International trombone star Jörgen Van Rijen and Orchestre national d'Île-de-France perform the French premiere of Dessner’s blistering Trombone Concerto under the baton of Ryan MacAdams. The piece was co-commissioned by Orchestre national d’Île-de-France along with Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Orchestra Philharmonique Royal de Liege and Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

December 8 – 9
In another French premiere, maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Orchestre de Paris in the Violin Concerto by Dessner, with soloist Pekka Kuusisto providing the virtuosic lead. Read more about the Violin Concerto.

December 15 – 16
Concert opener Mari will have its Czech premiere with the Czech Philharmonic under Maestro Bychkov to whom the piece is dedicated to. Mari will have a UK premiere in February with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov from London’s Barbican Centre.

December 16
Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra perform alongside David Chalmin and Dessner himself in his 2011 composition St. Carolyn by the Sea. Then Katia and Marielle Labèque are welcomed to the stage in a performance of Concerto for Two Pianos conducted by Karel Deseure.