Jonathan Leshnoff looks forward to many new artistic collaborations and performances of his work in the 2019-20 season. Leshnoff's concerto with Joyce Yang has its premiere this season, with the Kansas City Symphony leading the way and several other orchestras co-commissioning the concerto. Leshnoff also adds another major symphonic work to his cannon, commissioned by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic in commemoration of the Oklahoma City bombing's 25th anniversary; the work will have its premiere in collaboration with the Oklahoma City National Memorial in February 2020. Other season highlights include a new chamber orchestra overture with the IRIS Orchestra, a performance of the new chamber orchestra transcription of Leshnoff's Guitar Concerto with Jason Vieaux and the New Mexico Philharmonic, and performances of Leshnoff's music by Orli Shaham with the Pacific Symphony's Café Ludwig Chamber Series and orchestras including the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Greenville Symphony, Greenwich Village Orchestra, Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra, and Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra. Following the major acclaim with his recent Naxos CD release, the New West Symphony will perform Leshnoff’s fourth symphony featuring the Violins of Hope in LA in April. Leshnoff also continues this season as composer-in-residence with the Fairfax and Harrisburg symphony orchestras.Read More
Commissioned by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, this piece, featuring its Artist-in-Residence, cellist Johannes Moser, had its premiere performances May 1-3, 2019.Read More
The 2018-19 season marks the start of a new, multi-year residency with the Fairfax Symphony, encompassing the performance of both new and existing works by Leshnoff.Read More
The 2018-2019 concert season will include world premieres by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with cellist Johannes Moser; the start of a new multi-year residency with the Fairfax Symphony; and performances with orchestras including the Harrisburg, Kalamazoo, and Nashville Symphony Orchestras. In spring 2019, the Nashville Symphony will release an all-Leshnoff CD under the Naxos label.Read More
On Maestro Jaap van Zweden’s final concerts as Music Director, the Dallas Symphony premiered Leshnoff’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with its concertmaster, Alexander Kerr, as soloist. The piece has been hailed as an exciting new addition to the violin repertoire. The work will have its next commissioned performance with the Harrisburg Symphony in May 2019.
“Tuneful, toe-tapping, vividly rhythmic, the Leshnoff is a most appealing work…”
—Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News, May 25, 2018Read More
In March, the Nashville Symphony premiered Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 4, “Heichalos”, as part of an exciting collaboration with the Violins of Hope. The work, which features these special instruments saved from the Holocaust, received several standing ovations and will be performed again by the Symphony in May 2019.Read More
Commissioned by the Rogue Valley Symphony for their 50th Anniversary.
Conducted by Martin Majkut
“The world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Rogue Sparks was a beautiful and exciting piece that engaged every instrument of the orchestra. Just five minutes in length, the music conjured color, sparks and flames of fire brilliant against the night sky. Strings bantered with brass and percussion, seamlessly playing against each other.”
—Mail Tribune, February 18, 2018Read More
Commissioned by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, this piece is based on an ancient Jewish mystical text called a Hechailos, which describes a mystic’s journey through a meditative pass way to get closer to God’s presence.
The piece will be recorded for commercial release in addition to the Guitar Concerto.
March 22-24, 2018 • Nashville • Conducted by Giancarlo GuerreroRead More
November 18, 2016 Release • Co-commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Hall, an All-Leshnoff CD featuring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, under the direction of Robert Spano: Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Zohar. Jessica Rivera and Nmon Ford, soloists. Performed April, 2016, at Carnegie Hall. (Amazon | iTunes)Read More