Feodor Akimenko’s Cello Concerto was written 100 years ago and has since remained hidden in a Paris library. Akimenko (1876-1945) was a student of Rimsky-Korsakov and the first composition teacher of Stravinsky, though his own works are largely undiscovered. His Cello Concerto will be performed for the first time to audiences in Poole and Portsmouth as part of the BSO’s ‘Voices from the East’ concert series.
The premiere of this work was originally due to take place in Kharkiv, Ukraine, its composer’s birthplace. Sadly now unable to go ahead, this has been postponed. The performance on the 5th October in Poole will now be the first opportunity for audiences to hear the piece performed for the very first time.
The BSO’s Chief Conductor, Kirill Karabits, is known for championing lesser-known symphonic works from countries of the former Soviet Union, and spearheads the premiere of Akimenko’s Cello Concerto, with Victor Julien-Laferrière and the BSO.