A new violin concerto just received its world premiereOrchestras
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