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Yo-Yo Ma premieres cello concerto by Angel Lam ’10AD

November 4, 2009

lam_angel_webCellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of music director Robert Spano, will present the New York premiere of Angel Lam’s Awakening from a Disappearing Garden on Saturday, November 7, at Carnegie Hall. The piece, a concerto for cello and orchestra, was commissioned by Carnegie Hall and was first performed in Atlanta Symphony Hall on October 15 and 16, 2009. This is Lam’s third commission from Carnegie Hall, which describes her as “a young composer whose work sounds both Chinese and Western, contemporary but also timeless.” x

Tickets for the performance, which takes place in Stern Auditorium, are available through Carnegie Hall.


Angel Lam grew up in Hong Kong and Huntington Beach, California. Her compositions have been performed throughout the United States and in many major cities around the world. She is a two-time winner of the Carnegie Hall emerging composer commission and most recently a recipient of a new commission to write a work for solo cello and orchestra, dedicated to solo cellist Yo-Yo Ma. She first received the Carnegie Hall commission in 2005-06, where she worked with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, and then again in 2006-07, where she worked with Grammy Award-winning composer Osvaldo Golijov and renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw. These two collaborations, together with the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, culminated in two Carnegie Hall premieres of her work in September 2006 and April 2007. Her composition Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain was selected to be on the touring repertoire of Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble throughout the United States, Britain, Canada, China, Japan, and Switzerland’s Lucerne Festival in 2007-2009. This work was released by Sony/BMG on Silk Road Ensemble’s CD New Impossibilities and will be released again in a brand new recording in their newest CD, Off the Map, in fall 2009.

Upcoming collaborations include commissions and performances by Yale Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Minnesota Orchestra, Hong Kong Arts Festival 2010, the Yale Cellos, and Carnegie Hall. Recent performances include works for Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Greenwich Village Orchestra (New York), NYU Symphony Orchestra, Loyola High Men’s Chorus and Orchestra (Los Angeles), Orange County Women’s Chorus (Los Angeles), Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Grainger Quartet (Australia), Houston Chamber Choir, Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest (Chicago), and Peabody Dance (Baltimore) in a theater composition created under the guidance of renowned theater artist Martha Clarke. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Peabody Conservatory and an artist diploma candidate at the Yale School of Music. Her mentors are Martin Bresnick, Aaron Jay Kernis and Christopher Theofanidis.