Four Works by Composer Nimrod Borenstein Receive World Premieres in 2016
There are certain artists in our classical music world who may not be the most famous but, almost without anyone noticing, they become increasingly in demand until it feels that they have always been there, and their names are greeted with a friendly smile of recognition. The composer Nimrod Borenstein is surely on this road.Following the breakthrough successes of his collaborations with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia, and more recently his ballet score Suspended, premiered at London's Royal Opera House last year, since booked for more than 100 performances worldwide and recorded by Das Freie Orchester Berlin for the Solaire label, there are no fewer than four world premieres and three local premieres lined up over these months. They encompass cities as far-flung as Montreal and Taipei, and leading artists such as Roberto Prosseda and Michel Supéra.
Between 1st July and now and the end of November 2016, world premieres of Nimrod's works include:
Half Moon Étude, opus 66 No 2
Sandro Ivo Bartoli, piano
Venue: "Bianchi e Neri Piano Fest Tuscany" at Villa Roncioni in Pugnano (Pisa), Italy
Date: 9th August 2016
Concerto for trumpet, piano and string orchestra, opus 74
Simon Desbruslais, trumpet; Clare Hammond, piano
The English Symphony Orchestra, cond. Kenneth Woods
Venue: Middleton Hall, University of Hull, UK
Date: 28th October 2016
Songs Without Words, opus 75 - No. 1, 'The Dream'
Roberto Prosseda, piano
Venue: Athens, Megaron, Athens, Greece
Date: 14th November 2016
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and string orchestra opus 70a (World premiere)
Michel Supéra, saxophone
Orchestre de la Garde républicaine
Venue: Théâtre de Saint-Quentin dans l'Aisne, France
Date: 18th November 2016
In the same period, local premieres include:
Reminiscences of Childhood, opus 54 for piano solo (Brazil premiere)
Clelia Iruzun, piano
Venue: Sala Cecília Meireles, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
Date: 13th July 2016
Suspended, opus 69 (Canada premiere)
"4 x 4 Ephemeral Architecture"
Venue: Théâtre Outremont, Montreal, Canada
Dates: 14th - 17th July 2016
Suspended, opus 69 (Taiwan premiere)
4 x 4 Ephemeral Architecture
Venue: Taipei Arts Festival, Zhongzheng Auditorium, Taipei Zhongshan Hall, Taiwan
Date: 30th September 2016
Of Nimrod Borenstein's recent recording of Suspended, The Arts Desk wrote "Borenstein's transparent, athletic string writing is stunningly realised...the glorious third section, a dizzying blend of pastiche baroque ornamentation and glorious, singing lines...Borenstein's sense of fun is infectious, the music moving effortlessly from sultry tango to breezy serenade."