Jörgen van Rijen takes MacMillan's trombone concerto to Japan for premiere with Martyn Brabbins

9 January 2020

On Thursday 16 January Jörgen van Rijen performs James MacMillan's Trombone Concerto with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins in the Japanese premiere of the piece. The performance takes place at the Suntory Hall, Tokyo, and more information can be found here.

MacMillan's concerto was commissioned for van Rijen; the world premiere was performed in April 2017 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Ivan Fischer. Van Rijen has since performed the piece with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Gustavo Gimeno, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra under James MacMillan, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Jonathan Nott.

“The trombone sang, sang, sang ... At the very end van Rijen and MacMillan completely enveloped me. In the serene, quiet harmonies the trombone was once again heartrending.”
Peter van der Lint, Trouw

Elsewhere upcoming highlights include performances of music from his recent album Fratres with the members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Arvo Pärt festival in Amsterdam and at the Bach Festival in Dordrecht, as well as new commissions and concertos with orchestras including the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

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