Gil Shaham to give European premiere of Bright Sheng’s violin concerto next week

Following his critically acclaimed performancesScreen Shot 2013-09-16 at 4.06.36 PM copy of violin concertos of the 1930s in Austin, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, violinist Gil Shaham returns to contemporary music next week for the European premiere of Bright Sheng’s violin concerto “Let Fly” with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sakari Oramo at London’s Barbican Centre. The work, which was co-commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Singapore Symphony, was partially inspired by a poem Sheng wrote in 2010 for his then-newborn daughter, Fayfay, whose name is a homonym for “to fly” in Chinese. Gil gave the world premiere of “Let Fly” this past October when he launched the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s 2013-14 season with Detroit Symphony music director Leonard Slatkin. Click here for a full list of Gil’s upcoming performances.