If the name Julia Adolphe rings a bell, it may be because the New York Philharmonic's performance of her "Dark Sand, Sifting Light" was a highlight of the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL last spring. The New York Times Senior Music Critic Anthony Tommasini called it "a colorful, mercurial, deftly orchestrated piece."
Get ready to hear more from her: today it was announced that the Philharmonic will premiere a new viola concerto by Adolphe written for Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps in a future season to be announced at a later date.
Adolphe was a 2014 recipient of a commission as part of the initiative supporting women's composers supported by the League of American Orchestra and EarShot, the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network. Read more here.