New York Philharmonic To Give U.S. Premiere Of British Work For Four Horns

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The New York Philharmonic has been privileged to have Esa-Pekka Salonen as their Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence. Now for a performance in late April, the composer/conductor will be giving the U.S. premiere of a concerto for four horns written by Tansy Davies.

Ms. Davies, a horn player turned composer, was initially contacted by Salonen, also a former horn player, to write a composition featuring his favorite instrument. The result is a work called Forests, which uses aspects of nature to convey her artistic message. In addition to the New York Philharmonic, this composition was co-commisioned with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Warsaw Autumn Festival.

Watch this interview with Tansy Davies about her inspiration for Forests

Originally planned to be performed by members of the New York horn section, the three performances will now feature both past and present members of the Philharmonia horn section. The featured artists include:

  • Richard Watkins – former Principal Horn, Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Katy Wolley – current Principal Horn, Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Nigel Black – current Principal Horn, Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Michael Thompson – former Principal Horn, Philharmonia

Watch this preview from the Philharmonia Orchestra

The performances will be April 27-29. Other works on the program include:

  • Stravinsky – Funeral Song
  • R. Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra

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Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith is a trombonist, brass teacher, and blogger. He studied music performance at both Grace College and Carnegie Mellon University, and currently is the bass trombonist for Orchestra Iowa and the Huntington Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, Jeremy started Last Row Music as an online resource of job postings and artist links for brass musicians around the world. When he is not performing or blogging, Jeremy is giving brass lessons to students throughout the country from his home in Centerburg, Ohio.