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Lera Auerbach‘s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Receives World Premiere

The Russian-American composer Lera Auerbach wrote her first piano concerto already at the age of 24. After it accompanied her life over the course of years and was revised a number of times, the composer withdrew it. A commission from the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra has now made it possible for Lera Auerbach to approach the subject of the piano concerto anew. The result is a mature, three-movement work that will receive its world premiere with the composer herself as piano soloist with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra under Dan Ettinger on 24 November 2015 in Stuttgart.

Lera Auerbach comments on the new version as follows:
“Each work is a being with its own life, surprises, mysteries and destiny. This piano concerto has one of the most unusual histories of my catalog. It has haunted me for over 20 years – half of my life. (…)
Now, 20 years since its first performance, I had the chance to return to this material. I thought it would be a simple and straightforward process: Equipped with the experience and perspective of the last twenty years I would just fix anything that needed fixing in orchestration or form. How difficult could that be? I was wrong. Facing this music again was facing my own demons, facing my old fears, memories, facing myself. It was much more difficult than writing a completely new work from the beginning. I was no longer that 14-year-old who dreamt up the second movement, nor was I the 22-year-old student performing this piece with an orchestra for the first time; nor an ambitious 28-year-old graduating with this work in Hanover. I'm a different person now, in a different stage of life. At the same time, something very essential in me remains as a defining leitmotif. I realized that I needed to approach this concerto anew, rewrite it freely. I needed to dangerously balance on a double edge sword – being true to the person I am now and at the same time not betraying the person I was 20 years ago. (…)”

24 November 2015
Liederhalle, Beethovensaal, 8 PM
(Introduction to the concert: 7 PM)
World premiere: Lera Auerbach
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Lera Auerbach (piano)
Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
Dan Ettinger (direction)


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