Nicola Benedetti has been busy preparing for the world premiere of the Marsalis Violin Concerto, a piece written for her by the great American jazz musician and composer Wynton Marsalis. Benedetti and Marsalis had an opportunity in August to workshop the concerto at the Chautauqua Institution with conductor Cristian Macelaru. Following the preparation period, Benedetti shared her thoughts on the experience with her Facebook fans:
“I’ve had the great privilege of spending time with Wynton Marsalis over the last few weeks in preparation for a workshop of his new violin concerto, which is to be premiered in November with the London Symphony Orchestra. This process has already been a life changing one for me. Wynton always says he writes pieces for people and that it’s a very personal endeavour – taking one look at many of his large scale compositions will confirm this to be true, but I now have a far better understanding of what the practicality of this means. We have engaged in endless discussions over form, notation, orchestration and perhaps most of all the limitation and capabilities of the violin. I never imagined I could be so deeply invited into the creation of a piece of music, and my education throughout has been unparalleled. During this short time I have learnt to hear differently, to myself and to others, and I have found a new understanding of freedom in colour, time and expression. I’ve received many weighty, holistic lessons – all those talking about music related to life, and vice versa. I will express my gratitude by putting in as many hours as it takes and hopefully doing this wonderful concerto justice.”
The world premiere of this work will take place on November 6, 2016 with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Gaffigan. This will mark the first performance of a violin concerto from one of the greatest jazz minds of the modern era, Wynton Marsalis, whose Swing Symphony the London Symphony Orchestra premiered in 2012. In July 2016, Benedetti will perform the U.S. premiere of the work at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony under Cristian Macelaru’s baton.
Click here for more information on the world premiere: http://lso.co.uk/wynton-marsalis-violin-concerto.