Introducing Voila Viola! Conductor, soloist and the composer of Viola Concerto No. 2

Tim Deighton – Viola

“ I’ve always enjoyed the process of bringing a new musical work into the world”

I’ve just finished a  series of chamber music festivals in the northeast United States and (believe it or not) I’m looking forward to escaping the summer heat for a few weeks to return to my homeland to perform Anthony Ritchie’s second viola concerto.

Back in 2002, I performed and subsequently recorded Anthony’s first viola concerto for a CD of music for the viola by New Zealand composers. I very much enjoyed that work and we agreed that one day we’d collaborate on another piece together. That day has now come and I’m excited to work with Anthony again, and with Richard Davis and the musicians of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra.  I’ve always enjoyed the process of bringing a new musical work into the world and it’s something I feel a duty to do as a violist and as a pedagogue – of course it’s a particular pleasure to do this in New Zealand with someone whose music I already so admire. Although we’ve discussed a few musical details via email, it’s really quite hard to predict exactly what will happen when we all get together to read the piece together for the first time. There is always some tweaking to be done (tempi, balance, etc) when exploring a new work. But that’s part of the attraction of new music for me, and I’m really looking forward to it!

After the performances with the DSO, I’ll return to the United States to start the new academic year with my class of 18 viola students, and to prepare for some concerts with my trio in the US and Taiwan in October. I have a sabbatical coming up next year, so I’m pleased that I’ll be able to get back to New Zealand again very soon!