Leonidas gives the European premiere of Lera Auerbach NYx: Fractured Dreams, Auerbach’s fourth violin concerto, on 14 October with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchesta conducted by Cornelius Meister.
The concerto was composed for Leonidas by Auerbach, and he said of their collaboration:
“Lera is a very special personality. What she says is extremely profound and very essential.. It’s a great opportunity to play something for the very first time, but I don’t like to commission for the sake of commissioning. You don’t know what kind of birth it will be: it could be beautiful, but it’s a risk. Some composers one just trusts: Lera is one of them.”
Leonidas premiered the work with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert last season and previewed the concerto in the New York Times alongside Auerbach. Click here to read the interview.