A new Cello Concerto by Danny Elfman is to premiere in Vienna, Paris and San Francisco in 2022. It's being written for soloist Gautier Capuçon - a longtime fan of Elfman's music - and is the result of a joint commission from Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Capuçon gives the first performances in the Vienna Konzerthaus on 18 and 20 March 2022, with David Robertson conducting Wiener Symphoniker - a programme that also includes works by Korngold, Stravinsky and Webern. More info.
The French premiere takes place on 20 May in the Philharmonie de Paris, with Capuçon joined by Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Mikko Franck, programmed alongside Mahler's 5th Symphony. More info.
The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra will give the US premiere with Michael Tilson Thomas as part of its 2022-23 season.
The Cello Concerto will be Elfman's third concertante work, following the 2017 Violin Concerto ('Eleven Eleven') and the forthcoming Percussion Concerto (to be premiered by Colin Currie in London and California, also in 2022).