Deborah Pae, cello

Deborah Pae, cello

Jeffrey Mumford, composer

Matthew Szymanski, founder and music director of Phoenix Boston

A new concerto for cello and orchestra titled of radiances blossoming in expanding air has been written for cellist Deborah Pae by award-winning American composer Jeffrey Mumford. The world premiere will take place at District Hall in Boston with conductor Matthew Szymanski and Phoenix on May 4, 2019.

of radiances blossoming in expanding air has the following instrumentation:  solo cello, strings, single winds, single brass, harp, and one mallet percussion.  The 'cello, which is featured in a series of ongoing developmental relationships with soloists and ensembles within the orchestra, generates motivic and articulative materials which spread throughout its fabric. What results are new timbral combinations, enlarging upon the central voice, thus increasing the number of sonic possibilities in an expansive space.  Much of the work's harmonic material is based on the letters of her first name:  D  Eb  Bb  (or)  A  (h).

Special thanks to the Crickett Foundation for their generous support of the upcoming premiere. This concerto will be available for performance during the 2018-2019 season and beyond.

"Deborah Pae's sublime tone and deep musical insight have inspired me to create a new work which will showcase her talents. The new work will feature the 'cello's voice as one which will initiate and comment upon activity among the other instruments, providing for a variety of timbral interrelationships.

I am delighted to be working with an artist with such a profound musical vision."

                                                                                                         - Jeffrey Mumford, composer (2015)


Praised by critics for her “focused intensity…superb tone”, and “high level of interpretative intelligence”, Korean-American cellist DEBORAH PAE has received international acclaim for her powerful performances and devotion to the arts. She has appeared as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Asia, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, London’s Wigmore Hall, Taipei’s National Concert Hall, and the 45th GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden. Cellist of the award-winning Formosa Quartet and founding member of Namirovsky-Lark-Pae Trio, she has been a featured artist at the Marlboro, Ravinia, and the Amsterdam Cello Biennale festivals. She has recorded numerous solo and chamber music works for radio and television broadcast as well as for labels including New World, TYXarts, Bridge, and Outhere Records. To learn more, click here.

Jeffrey Mumford, former Composer-in-Residence at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Alba Music Festival, and the Composers Forum of the East, has received numerous awards including the "Academy Award in Music" from the American Academy of Arts  & Letters, a Fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and an ASCAP Aaron Copland Scholarship. He has received commissions from the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, the Fromm Music Foundation, and the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress.  Mr. Mumford is published by Theodore Presser Co. and Quicklight Music.  To learn more, click here.

Matthew Szymanski is the founder and music director of Phoenix, a Boston-based orchestra with the mission of expanding the reach of classical music by creating an accessible and social concert experience. Before founding Phoenix he served as a conducting apprentice to Harry Christophers with the Handel and Haydn Society and was a finalist for the prestigious New World Orchestra Conducting Fellowship with Michael Tilson Thomas. After a successful Kickstarter campaign and two highly acclaimed concerts, Phoenix is in the midst of planning its second season in Boston. The learn more, click here.