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Cellist Maya Beiser makes solo debut at 2018 BBC Proms

Cellist Maya Beiser will make her BBC Proms debut on Sunday, August 5 as a soloist in the U.K. premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s work for her, titled Maya, with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra led by conductor Thomas Dausgaard at Royal Albert Hall. Maya is part of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra’s Brandenburg Concertos Project, which pairs Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos with six newly commissioned companion works, to create a brand-new musical cycle. The cycle will be performed over two concerts in one day at the BBC Proms. The companion works, by composers Mark-Anthony Turnage, Anders Hillborg, Uri Caine, Olga Neuwirth, Brett Dean, and Steven Mackey, each feature a soloist selected by the composer, and have the same instrumentation as Brandenburg Concerto with which they are paired.

Avant-garde cellist and multifaceted artist Maya Beiser defies categories. Raised in the Galilee Mountains in Israel, surrounded by the music and rituals of Jews, Muslims, and Christians while studying classical cello repertoire, she is dedicated to creating new realms in which concert music can exist, and has redefined every aspect of what it means to be a cellist in the contemporary context.

Of Turnage’s new work for her, Maya says, “Mark’s concerto is a haunting, beautiful elegy. It depicts the cello singing a delicate, soaring aria amidst shifting harmonies which stretches and expand the skeletal outline of J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1.”

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