Commissioned by Shriver Hall Concert Series.
Premiered by The Knights conducted by Eric Jacobsen, soloist Gil Shaham, Baltimore, MD, February 14, 2016.
Other performances: The Knights conducted by Eric Jacobsen, soloist Gil Shaham, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, February 20, 2016; The Knights conducted by Eric Jacobsen, soloist Gil Shaham, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, February 21, 2016; Towson University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Julien Benichou, soloist Jeffrey Howard, Towson, MD, May 6, 2016; Aspen Chamber Symphony, conducted by Robert Spano, soloist Gil Shaham, Aspen, CO, July 21, 2017; Lake Tahoe SummerFest, conducted by Joel Revzen, soloist Itamar Zorman, Incline Village, NV, August 11, 2017; Asheville Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Hersh, soloist Itamar Zorman, March 17, 2018; Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yaniv Attar, soloist Max Zorin, State College, PA, April 14, 2019.
It takes a lot to overshadow a Gil Shaham performance, and this was another good one. The violinist invested soul and phenomenal technique in Jonathan Leshnoff's heartfelt and generously communicative Chamber Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. It was an enormously worthwhile two-part piece, the first slow and contemplative, the second exuberant and dancelike. Leshnoff's music combined a freshness and crowd-pleasing consonance with unexpected turns of melodic and harmonic direction.
—Harvey Steiman, The Aspen Times, July 24, 2017