in association with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
At the very start of the festival, we unveil the Galway Cello, fashioned out of the Galway landscape by luthier Kuros Torkzadeh, for many years resident in Galway. The very first music we hear will be that of Grammy-winning composer and Galway resident Bill Whelan, who has written a new piece for the cello. Our opening concert then presents the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun, making his Irish début and performing music from the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” with the unrivalled Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima.
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra | Giovanni Sollima cello | Tan Dun conductor | Naomi Berrill the Galway Cello
Programme includes: Bill Whelan: Newly commissioned piece for cello and voice, written for the Galway Cello - World premiere Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger Cello Concerto