IN PERFORMANCE WITH SHARON ROBINSON, cello
The storybook romance of the Bolivian-born violinist Jaime Laredo and American cellist Sharon Robinson has, for nearly 40 years, been expressed in every facet of their lives. Joyous and sophisticated music making, both separately and together, has earned them many devoted fans the world over. The Laredo-Robinson Duo, “the foremost husband-wife team in concert music” (Minneapolis Tribune), has long been a champion of new works. In addition to the recent Andre Previn Double Concerto that has delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, they have premiered and recorded double concertos by Richard Danielpour, Daron Hagen, David Ludwig, Ned Rorem, and Ellen Zwilich, as well as continually bringing a fresh approach to double concertos by Brahms and Rosza, and duos by Ravel, Handel-Halvorsen, Schulhoff, Mozart, and Kodaly. As much-in-demand solo artists, as the Laredo-Robinson Duo, and as members of The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio with pianist Joseph Kalichstein for 35 years, Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson are among the busiest and most respected musicians in the world. In 2012, the husband-wife team joined the esteemed instrumental and chamber music faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music.
UPCOMING CHRIS BRUBECK COMMISSION
Background: Early in 2016, Jaime Laredo conducted the Vermont Symphony Orchestra in an exciting performance of Chris Brubeck's new composition, "Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra," written for renowned guitarist Sharon Isbin. Laredo and composer Chris Brubeck got to know each other during rehearsals and performances. As Laredo was quite taken by Brubeck's style of writing, he proposed that Chris compose a double concerto featuring Jaime on violin and his wife, cello virtuoso Sharon Robinson.
Mr. Brubeck is thrilled by this idea and imagines a 3 movement work that would be about 20 minutes in length. It will be written for solo violin and cello with a chamber-size orchestra with winds in pairs. Chris envisions writing a tonal piece that is uplifting, filled with memorable melodies, and joyful in a way that reflects the unique musical and personal partnership of Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson.
Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein called Chris Brubeck "a composer with a real flair for lyrical melody - a 21st century Lenny Bernstein."
Although a jazz musician from one of America's most famous musical families, Chris Brubeck's classical compositions have been played by orchestras all over the world. As a bass trombonist, he has performed and recorded his two trombone concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. His composition "Travels in Time for Three" for Tf3 has been performed by numerous orchestras and was commissioned by a consortium that included the Boston Pops, which played the work at Carnegie Hall. With his father, Chris also co-wrote the Grammy-nominated "Ansel Adams: America", a tone poem composed to augment Ansel Adams' photographs while they are projected above the orchestra. Chris Brubeck also won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Best Classical Composition for Television Broadcast with his piece "Interplay for 3 Violins and Orchestra" featuring Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg, Regina Carter, and Eileen Ivers, commissioned by the Boston Pops. His violin concerto, "Spontaneous Combustion" (featuring soloist Nick Kendall) has "brought the house down" both in America and abroad. He has also written "River of Song", a song cycle for Frederica von Stade and chamber orchestra. In 2015, Chris was the New Haven Symphony's artist in residence.