Rodney Waschka's Piano Concerto was given its world premiere in St. Petersburg, Russia on November 27, 2010 featuring soloist Olga Kleiankina performing with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic conducted by Jeffery Meyer.
The twenty-minute work was composed for pianist Olga Kleiankina and commissioned by the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. The performance was part of the annual Sound Ways Festival. Traditionally, the Sound Ways Festival consists of works by Russian composers and a featured guest composer. Past Sound Ways festivals have hosted composers Gyorgy Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, George Crumb, and Brian Ferneyhough. This year Waschka was on hand for the premiere of his Piano Concerto at the large-scale orchestra concert of the Festival that included works by Ligeti, Alexander Radvilovich, and Steve Reich. In the past, Glinka Hall has hosted performances by such luminaries as Franz Liszt, Thalberg, Rubinstein, Glenn Gould, Svyatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, David Oistrach, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the Russian premiere of Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
Click HERE for concert details from the orchestra website.