PRODUCER MICHAEL FINE MAKES HIS GERMAN DEBUT AS A COMPOSER WITH THE GERMAN PREMIERE OF HIS DOUBLE CONCERTO FOR TWO VIOLINS AND STRINGS
1st November 2018
Robert Schumann Saal, Duesseldorf
Esther Yoo, David Nebel, LGT Young Soloists, Alexander Gilman - Director
Not only is Michael Fine widely acknowledged as one of the top classical recording producers in the world, as a leading consultant in artistic planning for orchestras and as a talented clarinettist as well as having been Vice President of Artists & Repertoire at Deutsche Grammophon and a record industry executive with a vast and deep knowledge of repertoire and a fresh, innovative approach, but he is also now rapidly gaining a name for himself as an exceptionally gifted composer.
Michael Fine will make his German debut as a composer when his Double Concerto for Two Violins and Strings will be performed on 1st November 2018 at the Robert Schumann Saal in Duesseldorf with soloists Esther Yoo and David Nebel together with Alexander Gilman directing the acclaimed LGT Young Soloists, an Award-winning string ensemble made up of talented young soloists aged between the ages of twelve and twenty-three from more than fifteen nations.
Written in 2015, Fine’s Double Concerto was premiered in 2017 by violinists Andrew Irvin and Kiril Laskarov with Philip Mann conducting the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. The Double Concerto for Two Violins and String Orchestra is a 21st century Concerto Grosso contrasting tightly woven, virtuosic music for the two soloists with the string orchestra which responds in kind but occasionally chooses a different direction which the soloists then follow. Although the work is in three movements, its melodies, harmonies and musical lines flow across the movement boundaries, ending with a miniature cadenza for the two soloists. The score is published by Donemus.
Of his new-found profession as a composer and putting his own work in front of the microphone after years of Award-winning production work behind it, Michael Fine commented: “Composing was a natural, if late development in my musical life. It completes the circle, impacting in the most positive way my work as a producer, artistic consultant and musician. The Double Concerto was my first attempt at composing a concerted work and I am honoured that it will be the piece by which my music will first be performed in Germany”.
A CD of five of Fine’s orchestral works performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Philip Mann is scheduled for January 2019 release on the Aparte label, distributed in the UK by PIAS.