In 2010 when my son Evan was starting his senior year of high school, I approached the head of the music department and asked if I could write a piece for solo cello and string orchestra for my son to play at the end of the school year. Evan had already shown himself to be a very accomplished musician, and the school agreed.
In the Spring of 2011 the Adagio for Cello got its world premiere: Evan Kahn, Cello, with the Santa Monica High School Senior Gala Orchestra. Jason Aiello conductor, Joni Swenson director. You can watch it here on youtube if you like
Evan went on to be a Cello Performance Major at Carnegie Mellon University, and for the last 4 years he has been ripping it up in Pittsburgh. In his junior year he asked me if I would like to take the Adagio and turn it into a full-blown Concerto for Cello. I loved the idea (of course), and started work on the two additional movements.
Evan graduates in about 4 weeks. He won the Concerto Competition this year, as well as a Chamber Music competition, so he is already scheduled to return to Pittsburgh in the fall as the featured artist in two concerts. Next year he will be continuing his studies at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
But on next Thursday, April 30, Evan will be premiering my Concerto for Cello and Orchestra with a chamber orchestra under the direction of Professor Daniel Nesta Curtis.
Here is more information on the Carnegie Mellon Website