MAGNUS LINDBERG (b. 1958)
Violin Concerto No. 2
“The tone of my Second Violin Concerto will be bold, like the 20th-century classics by Prokofiev or Bartók, with the soloist in dialogue with a richly coloured orchestra,” says Magnus Lindberg about his new work. The concerto was written for Frank Peter Zimmermann, a former Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence, and is having its U.S. premiere at these concerts. The composer added, “I’ve known Frank Peter Zimmermann a long time, and we’d often talk about my writing him a new concerto. I always knew it would be a full-scale work, in contrast to my First Violin Concerto, which uses a chamber orchestra.” The Violin Concerto No. 2 was co-commissioned with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, and Swedish Radio Orchestra, and will receive its world premiere in the 2015–16 season by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg served as the inaugural Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence for three seasons, from 2009 to 2012. During his tenure, Alan Gilbert led the Orchestra in the world premieres of Mr. Lindberg’s EXPO, Al largo, Souvenir (in memoriam Gérard Grisey), and Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by Yefim Bronfman, among other works.