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29 October 2009

Australian premiere for Dean's award-winning concerto

Australian premiere for Dean's award-winning concerto

Brett Dean's Grawemeyer award-winning work The Lost Art of Letter Writing (2006) will be given its much-anticipated Australian premiere in Melbourne this November by violinist Kristian Winther and the ANAM Orchestra of the Academy, conducted by Dean himself. The Lost Art of Letter Writing was commissioned by the Cologne Philharmonie and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. Brett Dean conducted the premiere in 2007 at the Philharmonie in Cologne with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Each movement in the half-hour concerto begins with an excerpt from a 19th-century letter, with a violin evoking the mood of each letter as it plays the alternate roles of writer and recipient. Authors of the letters include composers Johannes Brahms and Hugo Wolf, Vincent Van Gogh and Ned Kelly.

Brett Dean has just this week announced his intention to step down from his position as Artistic Director of the Australian National Academy of Music in the first half of next year in order to concentrate on his composing and performance activities.

Event details

ANAM Orchestra of the Academy, Kristian Winther (violin), Brett Dean (conductor)
Music by Dean, Haydn, Ligeti
21 November at 8 pm
South Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, VIC
More details in the AMC Calendar

Further links

Brett Dean's AMC profile
ANAM (www.anam.com.au/)

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