The Viola Commissioning Circle
Viola Commissioning Circle

Anders Hillborg Viola Concerto

Commissioned by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Co-commissioned by Frankfurt Radio, Swedish Radio, Basel Sinfonieorchester, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Music Festival (supported by The Viola Commissioning Circle)


World premiere at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall with Lawrence Power and Andrew Manze conducting the RLPO
Thursday 21 October 2021
Dutch premiere with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä. 5 March 2022

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.
22 October 2021

Bachtrack (Leighton Jones)