The piece was premiered worldwide by the conductor Kent nagano and the Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra, May 19 at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
“Veronika Eberle gave birth to a baby last November”, composer Toshio Hosokawa noted. “I composed the piece as a gift for her and her baby. In the concerto, the soloist represents a human being, while the orchestra is imagined as nature and the universe that surrounds it.”
“At the beginning, the orchestra repeats wavy movements suggestive of amniotic fluid, then the melodic line of the violin solo (= life) is generated from inside the ‘cradle’, and develops by imitating the melodies at the interior of the orchestra, then becomes independent of it, comes into conflict with it, however, eventually finds harmony within the orchestra and dissolves in it. “
âBringing every note to life for the first time has been one of the greatest joys for me as a musician,â Veronika said in a statement. interview with Askonas Holt. “I am deeply honored and grateful for Toshio Hosokawa, who dedicated his new violin concerto GENESIS to me.”
âI have worshiped Toshio San for a long time and I am deeply touched that he decided to write a new work for violin and orchestra. The practice of these notes brought back so many memories to me about pregnancy, birth, life, human beings, natureâ¦ It is very personal for me as regards my own connection with these questions and the global implication of these questions: creation! â
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart, dear Toshio San, for this masterpiece which I am sure will survive generations and considerably enrich our repertoire of violinists.”
The new concerto is performed here with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Alexandre liebreich.