Lost Coast: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund)
Orchestration: 2 flutes (=piccolos), 2 oboes, clarinet, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, percussion, strings, and solo cello
First Los Angeles Philharmonic performance: May 25, 2023, Gustavo Dudamel conducting, with Gabriel Cabezas, soloist
About this Piece
Composer Gabriella Smith grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area playing and writing music, hiking, backpacking, and volunteering on a songbird research project. Described as “the coolest, most exciting, most inventive new voice I’ve heard in ages” (Musical America) and an “outright sensation” (LA Times), Gabriella’s music comes from a love of play, exploring new sounds on instruments, building compelling musical arcs, and connecting listeners with the natural world in an invitation to find joy in climate action. Recent highlights include the premiere of her organ concerto, Breathing Forests, written for James McVinnie and LA Phil, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen; and the release of her first full-length album, Lost Coast, recorded in Iceland with cellist Gabriel Cabezas, named one of NPR Music’s “26 Favorite Albums Of 2021 (So Far)” and a “Classical Album to Hear Right Now” by The New York Times. She recently debuted a (cello-violin-voice-electronics) duo version of Lost Coast with Gabriel Cabezas at the Philharmonie de Paris, and she is currently working on a version of Lost Coast for cello and orchestra, to be premiered by Gabriel Cabezas and LA Phil in May 2023, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.