I invite you to join me in supporting The Viola Commissioning Circle. It is an incredibly exciting opportunity for you to become involved with the composer and me in the birth of a new work: seeing how it develops from the initial idea, to the premiere and beyond as it gets performed by different musicians. I think it’s the most rewarding and important journey one can make as a musician and patron.
Working closely with composers really is one of the most important aspects of any career in music.
There are many reasons for this but for me the opportunity to work on a truly blank artistic canvas dealing with musical processes at their very infancy is inspiring and exciting. Without any previous performance tradition or history one is forced to react to the very building blocks of music (melody, rhythm and harmony) in a pure way. It is my experience with all the composers I have worked with that they thrive on a genuinely honest and vivid reaction to their scores. I cherish that ability and it actually gives me so much more freedom and confidence when returning to the classical repertoire.
I would like to be able to commission 10 Viola Concertos over the next ten years.
The first two of these by Gerald Barry and Anders Hillborg have already been commissioned. The Barry was premiered in 2019 and the Hillborg will be premiered in 2021. I’m very fortunate to have strong ongoing working relationships with some of today’s most important composers and among them I would like to commission concertos from Huw Watkins and Cassandra Miller (now in hand), Lera Auerbach, Magnus Lindberg and Salvatore Sciarrinno (these are under discussion), Julian Anderson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Thomas Larcher, Kaija Saariaho and Thomas Adès.
I very much hope that these and the other works I have already premiered will go on to enter the repertoire. I can't think of any greater accolade for a musician than creating a real body of work for one's instrument that will be there for future generations of performers.
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Lawrence Power performed the world premiere of Anders Hillborg's Viola Concerto on 21 October 2021 at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Manze. A recording of the concert was broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on 17 November 2021 and is available on BBC Sounds until 17 December.Listen to the concert
The World Premiere of 'Five Waltzes' for viola and piano took place as part of a BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concert at Wigmore Hall on 9 November 2020. The World Premiere of the arrangement for viola and orchestra was released on the BBC National Orchestra of Wales digital channel on 13 May 2021Watch video
The world premiere performed by Timothy Ridout and Tom Poster.took place as part of a BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concert at Wigmore Hall on 10 May 2021
Commissioned for Timothy Ridout and underwritten by the VCC. Co-commissioned by BBC Radio 3, Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus and further supported by Alan Sainer and Michael Gwinnell
Lawrence Power is one of nine new Associate Artists appointed by Wigmore Hall Director John Gilhooly to mark the 120th anniversary of the Hall. Wigmore Hall has committed to five-year relationships with each Associate Artist, presenting each musician at least once every season.
Lawrence Power has received the Royal Philharmonic Socierty's Instrumentalist of the Year Award 2020
During the ceremony he performed Shostakovitch's Intermezzo for Viola and Piano
Lawrence Power is commissioning a series of short pieces for unaccompanied viola which will be filmed at various locations over the coming weeks. This project is generously supported by Nicholas and Judith GoodisonCommission details
The first Lockdown Commission, "Power", by Huw Watkins, has been filmed and is available to view on Lawrence Power's YouTube ChannelView film
The second Lockdown Commission, "Quartet for One" by Garth Knox, has been filmed and is available to view on Lawrence Power's YouTube channelView film
The third Lockdown Commission, "Objets Trouvés" by Esa-Pekka Salonen, has been filmed and is available to view on Lawrence Power's YouTube channelView film
The fourth Lockdown Commission, "Daylonging, Slacktide" by Cassandra Miller, has been filmed and is available to view on Lawrence Power's YouTube channelView film
The fifth Lockdown Commission "Matchless Space" by Martyn Brabbins has been filmed and is available to view on Lawrence Power's YouTube channelView film
The sixth Lockdown Commission "This Poor Room" by William Marsey has been filmed and is available to view on Lawrence Power's YouTube channelView film
The seventh Lockdown Commisson "Locked in C" by Erkki Sven-Tüür has been filmed and is available to view on Lawrence Power's YouTube channelView film
The eighth Lockdown Commisson "mixed phrases" by Héloïse Werner has been filmed and is available to view on Lawrence Power's YouTube channelView film
The UK premiere took place as part of a BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime concert at Wigmore Hall on 21 October 2019Commission details
The world premiere of Gerald Barry's Viola Concerto performed by Lawrence Power took place at Saffron Hall on 18 May 2019 followed by the London premiere at the Barbican Hall on 21 May. Thomas Adès conducted the Britten Sinfonia.
The Irish premiere performed by Lawrence Power took place on 1 March 2020 at National Concert Hall, Dublin. The RTÉ Concert Orchestra was conducted by Ilan VolkovBBC Radio 3 broadcast of the London premiere