Music for Galway & Galway 2020 present
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra | Tan Dun conductor | Giovanni Sollima cello | Naomi Berrill the Galway Cello
Bill Whelan: Newly commissioned piece for cello and voice, written for the Galway Cello – World premiere
Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger Cello Concerto
Tan Dun: The Map – Concerto for cello, video and 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, which will be premiered by Naomi Berrill. 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.
The Galway Cello is sponsored by MJ Conroy
Giovanni Sollima’s appearance in Cellissimo is kindly sponsored by Techrete