A new violin concerto just received its world premiere

A new violin concerto just received its world premiere


norman lebrecht

April 26, 2021

In Covid times, new music all but died.

So it’s a joy to hear that Hamburg went ahead on Saturday with a new concerto in an empty hall.

Soloist Veronika Eberle writes:

After weeks of preparation Saturday was THE night: the world premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s GENESIS at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg with the wonderful Staatsorchester Hamburg, conducted by Maestro Kent Nagano.

This music has never been played before, never been absorbed by an audience, never been performed by an orchestra in all its glory.

To breathe life into every note for the first time has been one of the biggest joys for me as a musician. I’m deeply honored and full of gratitude for Toshio Hosokawa, who has dedicated his new violin concerto GENESIS to me.

To bring his work to life is incredibly joyous and super exciting for all of us, even though there was no audience at the premiere due to Covid restrictions. However, with full hearts we played for each other – and the cameras, to still bring this to you.

I have been revering Toshio San for a long time and I am touched to the core that he decided to write a new oevre for violin and orchestra. Practicing these notes brought back so many memories about pregnancy, birth, life, human beings, nature… It is very personal to me in regards to my own connection with these issues and the overall implication of these matters: creation!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart dearest Toshio San for this masterpiece which I am certain will survive generations and enriches our repertoire as violinists significantly.
With all my heart: どうもございまずいます


  • Karl says:

    Too bad I cannot comment on the concerto because I have not heard it. But I can say that maestro Nagano still has the best hair in classical music!

  • Akutagawa says:

    Nice sentiment to have written something in Japanese. Shame it makes no sense. Domo arigato gozaimasu is a polite way of saying thank you. Domo gozaimazuimasu, which is what’s written there, is plain odd.

    • Thomasina says:

      My mother is Japanese and sometimes my friends (in Canada) greet or thank me in strange Japanese, but I understand what they want to say. I’m sure Mr. Hosokawa understands what she wanted to say and feels her warm affection.

    • RW2013 says:

      o’ni bikkuri shakkuri to!

    • Brettermeier says:

      Ohayo gozaimasu. O genki desu ka? Watashi wa, go-ji ni okimashita. Kasa uriba wa dochira desu ka?

      I have to say I forgot a lot. But I’ll always find my way to those umbrellas! 😀

      Hmm, it doesn’t translate well back into English/German. It looks right… Ah well, still better than my Latin.

  • Pleasure says:

    Some l Philarmonic Concerts I’m watching and listening to by the Israelites in America and still looking one that I loved to watched a great pianist, Japanese pianist ( start with Y…).

  • Di Jonson says:

    Jonathan Plowright and Poznan Filharmonic gave the world premiere of a newly discovered (in a London bookshop by Jonathan) piano concerto from 1862 in Poland last September during lockdown – and there was absolutely no press coverage in the UK, or anywhere except Poland. Says it all really…