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Lera Auerbach News

John Neumeier's ballet "Preludes CV" based upon music by the Russian-American composer and poet Lera Auerbach has been taken up in the new season of the Hamburg State Opera. Performances have taken place on 24, 26, and 30 September 2003, 1/2 October 2003 and a further one is planned for 13 June 2004. On these dates Lera Auerbach was and will be in Hamburg to appear as pianist in her cycles of Preludes for violin and piano and for violoncello and piano. On this occasion, "Feldtmann kulturell" organised an Auerbach concert in the so-called Hamburg "Fasskeller" on 4 October 2003. Besides the composer, Anton Barachovsky (violin) performed at this concert. The world premiere of Auerbach's Violin Sonata No. 2 with soloists Philippe Quint and Adam Neiman took place at Carnegie Hall in New York on 7 October 2003. From 17 November until 28 December Lera Auerbach will serve as composer-in-residence at the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts (VCCA).

On 17 October 2003, Lera Auerbach was the subject of a television programme by the Russian-American journalist Maya Pritsker.

On 26 October 2003, the world premiere of Auerbach's "Last Letter" for soprano, violoncello and piano took place in the Berkshires (near Boston), a work commissioned by the concert organisers "Close Encounters with Music." The interpreters were Maureen O'Flynn (soprano), Yehuda Hanani (violoncello) and Lera Auerbach (piano).

In November 2003 a CD was issued by Centaur Records on which Grigory Kalinovsky (violin) and Lera Auerbach (piano) have recorded Five Piano Preludes of Dmitri Shostakovich from Opus 34 arranged for violin and piano by Auerbach. Moreover, this new issue contains all of the piano preludes from Shostakovich's opus 34 cycle adapted by Zyganov.

In January 2004, Auerbach will record her own piano works for the label King Records in Tokyo.

From 22 January until 22 February 2004 Lera Auerbach will be in Los Angeles, where she will give concerts, lectures and master classes during her activity as composer-in-residence with the American Youth Orchestra. The culmination of her stay will be the world premiere of her First Violin Concerto on 22 February 2004. The American Youth Orchestra will be performing, the ensemble with which Auerbach is composer-in-residence during the season 2003-2004. The soloist will be Philip Quint, with the orchestra conducted by Alexander Treger.

On 20 February 2004, the Russian-American cellist Christophor Miroshnikov will perform Lera Auerbach's Sonata for Violoncello Solo, which is dedicated to him, in the Weill Hall of New York's Carnegie Hall. He will then perform this work during the course of his 2004 Echo Prize Winner concert tour in various cities, including Amsterdam, Vienna, Paris, Athens, Brussels, Birmingham, Cologne and New York.

On 16 March 2004, the premiere of the "Lonely Suite" will take place in San Francisco with Vadim Gluzman as soloist.

On 18 March 2004 Vadim Gluzman and Lera Auerbach will perform the US premiere of the 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano in San Francisco.

From 2-4 July 2004 Auerbach will record her 24 Piano Preludes in Sweden for a BIS CD.

The Double Concerto for violin, piano and orchestra is to be performed (premiered?) in the autumn of 2004 with Vadim Gluzman (violin) in Riga.