Jonathan Leshnoff's MONICA SONGS Tour Opens this Sunday at U.C. Berkeley
The New Jersey-born and Baltimore-based composer's works have been performed by an array of classical music's most celebrated stars, including Jessica Rivera, Gil and Orli Shaham, Robert Spano, Jeffrey Khaner and an upcoming premiere with Manuel Barrueco. His works have been performed by orchestras around the world, including the Baltimore, Philadelphia, Asturias, Atlanta, Kansas City, Buffalo, Santa Barbara, Tucson, Amarillo, Fort Wayne, Memphis, Harrisburg, Fairfax and Columbus symphony orchestras, as well as by the IRIS Orchestra, Concert Opera de Toulon, Kyoto Orchestras, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.
The 2013-2014 season begins with the five-city tour of Leshnoff's new song cycle Monica Songs, featuring soprano Jessica Rivera and the legendary music director/pianist Robert Spano as the accompanist. The tour culminates with Leshnoff's Carnegie Hall debut on October 29, 2013. In January 2014, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Marin Alsop will debut his Guitar Concerto, featuring fellow Baltimorean Manuel Barrueco. Barrueco will also perform the guitar concerto in May 2014 in Oviedo, Spain with the Asturias Symphony, under the baton of Andrew Grams, as well as with the Nashville Symphony, under the baton of Giancarlo Guerrero. In March 2014, Leshnoff collaborates with Robert Spano once again, but this time with Spano at the podium leading the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Leshnoff's flute concerto, featuring Jeffrey Kahner. The season closes in May 2014 with a new work for viola, choir and orchestra based on the poems of Edgar Allan Poe, performed by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic under the direction of Andrew Constantine.
Jonathan Leshnoff has released three albums to date, all on the Naxos American Classics label. His recording of Violin Concerto, performed by Charles Wetherbee with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, led by Markand Thakar, was selected among Naxos' Top 40 CDs of 2009. Other Naxos releases feature his Symphony No. 1, conducted by Michael Stern with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, along with Leshnoff's chamber music.
Named by the Washington Post as one of today's "gifted young composers," Jonathan Leshnoff's music has been lauded by Strings magazine as "distinct from anything else that's out there," and by the Memphis Commercial Appeal as "a fluid, thoughtful work, superbly textured and unafraid to be intellectual," and by the Baltimore Sun as "remarkable assured, cohesively constructed and radiantly lyrical." The New York Times concluded in a concert review that "the afternoon's keenest discovery was Mr. Leshnoff."
Leshnoff's catalogue includes four string quartets, two oratorios, seven concerti, trios, a string sextet, two symphonies and numerous solo and chamber works. Current projects include a third symphony and a clarinet concerto. Leshnoff is a Professor of Music at Towson University and a composer-in-residence with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. For more information, visit www.JonathanLeshnoff.com.
Photography by Katya Chilingiri