The 2015-16 season sees Alisa Weilerstein give world premiere performances of two major new concertos, both of them commissioned from leading composers and written especially for her. With the Chicago Symphony and Cristian Macelaru she gives the world premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s new concerto, before giving its first European performances with the Stuttgart and Paris Opera Orchestras. Similarly, with the composer on the podium, she premieres Matthias Pintscher’s concerto (a Boston Symphony Orchestra co-commission) with the Danish National Orchestra, followed by a reprise at Cologne’s WDR Symphony.
Alisa’s full concerto lineup also features Prokofiev’s Sinfonia concertante with the Czech Philharmonic; both Shostakovich concertos with orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony, where her performances will be recorded for future release on Decca; Elgar with the London Symphony (where she and others; Schumann with ensembles including the Orchestre de Paris; Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain with Hamburg’s NDR Symphony and the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Hindemith with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony; Tchaikovsky with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Haydn with the Bavarian Radio Symphony and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; and Barber with the National Symphony in Washington, DC. Following the October release of their duo album debut on Decca with sonatas by Chopin and Rachmaninoff, Alisa reunites with her longtime recital partner, pianist Inon Barnatan, for tours of the USA and of six European capitals, including a return to London’s Wigmore Hall.
“Bringing these two new concertos to life is both a wonderful and scary challenge. These are two of today’s greatest musical voices and being handed a freshly inked score that these composers wrote specifically for me is a huge privilege and responsibility. Matthias [Pintscher] frequently refers to the concerto as ‘our baby’ – and that describes the weight of responsibility I feel for the work. Matthias and Pascal [Dusapin] are very different in many ways, but both are true collaborators, who are very open to working with a soloist. I take great pride in their confidence in me.”