SOURCE: Eminent Artists

March 26, 2008 10:05 ET

Borromeo Quartet and ProMusica to Premiere and Record Newest Work by Superstar Composer Lera Auerbach

Ms. Auerbach's "Fragile Solitudes: Shadowboxes for String Quartet and Orchestra" Will Be Performed Twice and Then Recorded

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - The Borromeo String Quartet, called "simply the best there is on this planet" by the venerable Boston Globe, will collaborate with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere of a new work by daring young Russian composer Lera Auerbach. "Fragile Solitudes: Shadowboxes for String Quartet and Orchestra" was commissioned by philanthropist Barbara Trueman, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Argosy Contemporary Music Fund. The concert, which includes music by Elgar, Beethoven, and Respighi, kicks off ProMusica's Spring season on Saturday April 5th at 5:30 and again on Sunday April 6th at 7:30pm, both at the Southern Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. The composer will be in attendance.

Ms. Auberach, who defected from the former Soviet Union to study at Juilliard in New York, is now one of the most widely performed composers of the new generation. Her compositions have been commissioned by many of today's leading artists, orchestras, ballet companies and music festivals.

Janet Chen, Executive Director of ProMusica, calls this collaboration a major boon to classical music lovers. "For 29 seasons, we have been dedicated to commissioning new works and contributing to today's repertoire of classical music. To collaborate with the renowned Borromeo for this particular project is truly exciting, especially as there are very few pieces for string quartet and chamber orchestra in existence."

Since its explosive debut in 1989 the Borromeo Quartet have become one of most highly regarded and sought out string quartets performing today, especially for challenging contemporary music. The Chicago Tribune calls the Borromeo "a remarkably accomplished string quartet, not simply for its high technical polish and refined tone, but more importantly for the searching musical insights it brings." The ensemble has enjoyed collaborations with John Cage, Gyorgy Ligeti, Osvaldo Golijov, Steve Mackey, John Harbison, Leon Kirchner, Gunther Schuller, and Derek Bermel, to name a few. In 2006 the Aaron Copland House foundation honored the Borromeo's commitment to new music by forming the Borromeo Quartet Award, which premieres the work of important young composers to audiences every year.

Born in Chelyabinsk, near Siberia, Lera Auerbach bravely became one of the last artists to defect the Soviet Union during a concert tour in 1991, while still in her teens. She subsequently earned Bachelor and Master's degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied piano with Joseph Kalichstein and composition with Milton Babbit. Auerbach continues the great tradition of pianist-composers of the 19th and 20th centuries with recital performances around the world and made her Carnegie Hall debut performing her own "Suite for Violin, Piano and Orchestra" with Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica.

Also a writer, Auerbach was named Poet of the Year in 1996 by the International Pushkin Society and her literary works include 5 volumes of poetry and prose. Her poetry is taught in Russian schools as required reading for modern literature courses.

The ProMusica Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1978 by Music Director Timothy Russell to promote the understanding and appreciation of contemporary music. Since then ProMusica has commissioned 41 new works and has presented over 95 premieres.

"Fragile Solitudes" will be recorded on Monday following the weekend's concerts.

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