The Viola Commissioning Circle
Viola Commissioning Circle

Anders Hillborg Viola Concerto

Commissioned by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with co-commissioners Hessicherrundfunk; NTR ZaterdagMatinee NPO Radio 4's concert series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw; Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester; Sinfonieorchester Basel, and Aspen Music Festival, supported by The Viola Commissioning Circle

World premiere 21 October 2021 at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall with RLPO conducted by Andrew Manze; Dutch premiere 5 March 2022 with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä; further performances in 22/23 Season with Sinfonieorchester Basel conducted by Domingo Hindoyan; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Omer Meir Wellber; Frankfurt Radio Symphony conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Dresden Philharmonic conducted by Andrew Manze.

Forthcoming perfomances in the 23/24 Season.

Hillborg’s single-movement concerto proved to be the highlight of the evening… this texturally complex work was captivating… this work is an ideal length, harmonically complex and very approachable. Opening with an extended, vivacious, highly virtuosic solo, the work grew organically, exploring the range of sounds and textures from the body of strings. Often quite brisk, this intense work had some slower more relaxed moments, the quieter passages bringing contrast and spirituality. Power’s technical assurance was impressive, as was his unflagging endurance. Hillborg was in attendance and was extremely well received by the Liverpool audience.

Leighton Jones, Bachtrack