Peter Herresthal debuts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for the US premiere of Mazzoli violin concerto

13 October 2021

Peter Herresthal gives the US premiere of Missy Mazzoli's violin concerto Dark with Excessive Bright, in his debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this week.

Herresthal reunites with conductor Nathalie Stutzmann for the performances in Atlanta, after successful performances earlier in the year with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. Herresthal gave the world premiere of the piece in June 2021 at the Bergen Festival with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by James Gaffigan.

This new version of Dark with Excessive Bright for violin was commissioned especially for Peter by the Arctic Philharmonic, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and Timothy Weiss.

Peter has made his mark as a brilliant and inspired interpreter of contemporary violin music, recording 16 violin concertos and earning 9 nominations, five Spellemann Awards (Norwegian Grammys) and in 2021, a Grammy nomination. He has worked closely with composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Per Nørgård, Ørjan Matre, Henri Dutilleux, Thomas Adès, and Harrison Birtwistle.

You can listen to an interview with Peter and Missy Mazzoli about the new piece at the Bergen Festival here.

For more information about the concert, visit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra here.

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