Jonathan Leshnoff, composer in residence for the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, has been honored with the Maryland State Arts Council’s 2009 Individual Artist Award in Music Composition. A Baltimore resident, Leshnoff began his association with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in February 2006, when the orchestra performed his Violin Concerto, with soloist Charles Wetherbee; the work was recorded and released in February 2009 on the Naxos label. The world premiere of Leshnoff’s Requiem for the Fallen took place in February 2008, with the Handel Choir of Baltimore and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Leshnoff’s Starburst, a co-commission from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, and Orquestra de Extremadura (Madrid), is scheduled for a world premiere by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in April 2010. Leshnoff’s flute concerto, commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra, is scheduled for its first performance in the 2010-11 season with Jeffrey Khaner as soloist.

Posted June 30, 2009