March 18, 2018
Nimrod springs into Spring with a series of exciting world premieres

Hot on the heels of his successful album with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra for Chandos, London-based composer Nimrod Borenstein has a busy March and April with world premieres in the UK and US, including a long-awaited return to choral music, and then, in June, a return for his music to Carnegie Hall in a unique international link-up.

First up is a choral premiere, and then there was light, written to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Codsall Arts Festival, performed by Ex Cathedra. The premiere, on Thursday 22nd March, takes place at St Nicholas Church, Codsall, and marks a special moment for Borenstein. "I composed a lot of choral music in my early years as a composer," he says, "but I have always wanted to come back to it. This return has felt very natural to me. And to work with such a great choir as Ex Cathedra and for such a special occasion as the marvellous Codsall Festival's remarkable anniversary feels very special." So much has Borenstein enjoyed the experience, indeed, that he feels more choral music will follow, and soon.

April is a US-focussed month with another world premiere, Borenstein's Tango Etude Op.66, No.3, given by its dedicatee, pianist Tania Stevreva, at the National Opera Centre in New York. That's followed later in the month by four performances of one of the works on the Chandos disc, If You Will It, It Is No Dream, given by the South Florida Symphony Orchestra (15th-19th April) - to tour Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Key West. This  is the first North America outing for a work that was recently performed to great success at the Enescu Festival (Romania).

The 1st June brings two connected world premieres for a link-up between Greece and New York City. The first-ever collaboration between the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Carnegie Hall and El Sistema Greece features new works by Borenstein around the ideas of lullabies: Lullaby Op.81a for solo piano and Lullaby Op.81b for string quartet. There are simultaneous events in Athens and New York, and Borenstein's two premieres will be played at the former and beamed live to Carnegie Hall!

Further ahead, there is the premiere of a new piano quintet, Light and Darkness. And a further big project in June, details to be announced very soon!

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