John Adams’ Violin Concerto with Music Director David Robertson and violinist Leila Josefowicz to be released April 27


(St. Louis, March 13, 2018) – The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra with Music Director David Robertson are featured on a new recording of John Adams’ Violin Concerto with violinist Leila Josefowicz, which will be released by Nonesuch on April 27. The new recording of John Adams’ Grawemeyer Award–winning Violin Concerto was captured liveat historic Powell Hall in the fall of 2016.

Adams’ Violin Concerto was co-commission by the Minnesota Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the New York City Ballet. It was described by the Boston Globe as having “the qualities of intelligence, craftsmanship, and quirkiness that have always marked the composer and his work; this time Adams also mingles virtuoso show with soul, popular appeal with the staying power that comes from intellectual interest.” The premiere recording of the work, featuring violinist Gidon Kremer and the London Symphony Orchestra led by Kent Nagano, was released by Nonesuch in 1996.

Robertson, whose extraordinary 13-year tenure as Music Director of the SLSO is being celebrated this season, has solidified the SLSO’s standing as one of the nation’s most vital and innovative ensembles. He is known as a champion of contemporary composers, as evidenced by the SLSO’s strong association and ongoing collaboration with John Adams. With Robertson, the SLSO’s Nonesuch recordings include Adams’ City Noir and Saxophone Concerto (2014 Grammy Award), Doctor Atomic Symphony and Guide to Strange Places, and Scheherazade.2.

Josefowicz, a MacArthur Fellow, frequently works with the leading international composers, orchestras, and conductors. Violin concertos have been written especially for her by John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Colin Matthews, and Steven Mackey. Josefowicz’s previous Nonesuch recordings are Adams’ Scheherazade.2, also with the SLSO and Robertson, and Road Movies.

John Adams’ Violin Concertofeaturing Leila Josefowicz with the SLSO and David Robertson is available for preorder at iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, where the third movement, “Toccare,” may be downloaded. SLSO recording projects are supported in part thanks to a gift from Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield.


St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Celebrated as one of the today’s most exciting and enduring orchestras, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world’s finest. Now in its 138th season, the orchestra is committed to artistic excellence, educational impact, and community connection – all in service to its mission of enriching people’s lives through the power of music.

In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, which marks its 50th anniversary as home of the SLSO this season, the orchestra is an integral part of the diverse and vibrant St. Louis community, presenting hundreds of free education programs and performances throughout the region each year. The Grammy Award–winning SLSO’s impact beyond the St. Louis region is realized through weekly Saturday night concert broadcasts on St. Louis Public Radio, celebrated recordings, and regular touring activity.

American conductor David Robertson is the 12th music director in the orchestra’s history and has solidified the SLSO’s standing as one of the nation’s most vital and innovative ensembles. The current SLSO season honors the legacy of Music Director David Robertson, whose remarkable 13-year tenure will conclude at the close of the season in May.

Today, the SLSO builds on the institution’s current momentum on all fronts, including artistic, financial, audience growth, and community impact, and looks toward the future with Stéphane Denève. Denève, who has been a frequent guest conductor with the orchestra since 2003, begins his tenure as Music Director with the 19/20 season, following next season as Music Director Designate.