New Century Chamber Orchestra welcomes British violinist Daniel Hope in his first season as the ensemble's new Artistic Partner, September 21-24. Following his highly acclaimed debut as Guest Concertmaster in February 2016, Hope returns to the Bay Area to lead the orchestra for three seasons providing artistic continuity and leadership throughout the organization's search process for a permanent Music Director. The 2017-2018 season opens with a varied program of works for string orchestra featuring Hope as soloist for the World Premiere of Alan Fletcher's Violin Concerto, a co-commission with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with whom Hope also serves as Music Director. The program also includes Orawa by Wojciech Kilar, Tchaikovsky's Serenade and Mendelssohn's Octet.
Regarded as "adventurous and brilliant" by The New York Times, Daniel Hope's New Century debut in February 2016 was lauded by the San Jose Mercury News who exclaimed that "if the concert represented a high-water mark for the orchestra, what it suggested for the future was downright tantalizing." Hope brings decades of experience as a soloist, concertmaster, artistic director, recording artist, producer, broadcaster and author. In addition to his position as Artistic Partner with New Century, Hope also leads chamber orchestras as violin soloist throughout the world including the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with whom New Century have co-commissioned Alan Fletcher's Violin Concerto. In addition to his career as one the country's most accomplished music administrators, Fletcher has received numerous commissions including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and National Gallery of Art, lectures on music and music administration throughout the world and currently serves as President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School.