Piano Concerto no. 2

Piano Concerto no. 2 (2016) 17 minutes.
First performance: Hamburg 2017, Víkingur Ólafsson piano, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Esa-Pekka Salonen. Second performance Los Angeles 2017, Víkingur Ólafsson piano, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Instrumentation: 3(III piccolo).2.2.2(II also c.bsn).- piano-strings.

Piano Concerto No. 2 was a commission from NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Los Angeles Philharmonic. The concerto has a kind of Babushka-doll form. It has four parts and certain characteristics of these parts are repeated on a smaller scale throughout the piece. Regarding drama and tension however it has a ABBA form, with the first and last part sparse and more quiet then the rest of the music. The concerto is composed for and dedicated to Víkingur Ólafsson.

The concerto is released by Sono Luminus performed by Víkingur and The Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

For further information please contact the composer at hato@simnet.is