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Violin Concerto Commission: Anderegg/Moya

Composer Reinaldo Moya and violinist Francesca Anderegg have a history of successful musical collaborations, and their latest project is a three-movement Violin Concerto which showcases Anderegg's sensitive musicianship and rich tone.

Project Description

Composer Reinaldo Moya and violinist Francesca Anderegg have a history of successful collaborations on Latin American musical projects, most recently Moya’s work Imagined Archipelagos for violin and piano. Starting in 2017, Moya will compose a three-movement concerto (18 minutes in length) for Anderegg to perform in the 2019/2020 season, drawing on their long collaboration as well as Anderegg’s expertise in performing contemporary and Latin American music. Anderegg’s mix of rhythmic precision, spontaneity, and expressiveness in performance is an ideal vehicle for Moya’s musical voice.

A consortium of orchestras will undertake this “micro-commissioning project” and in 2019/2020 each partner orchestra will perform the work.


2017/18: Composition of work

2018/19: Parts and score will be finished and delivered in October 2018

2019/20: Performances


Reinaldo Moya is a Venezuelan-American composer whose rhythmically and emotionally-charged works depict the multitude of voices and influences present in the whole of the American continent today. He is the recipient of the 2015 McKnight Composers Fellowship, the Van Lier Fellowship from Meet the Composer, and the Aaron Copland Award from the Copland House.

Mr. Moya grew up in Venezuela, where he was a violinist and founding member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Moya is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he received his masters’ and doctorate degrees, under the tutelage of Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser.

Moya was commissioned by the Minnesota Opera in 2014 to write a new opera for their youth program. He collaborated with award-winning librettist Mark Campbell, and the opera Memory Boy was premiered in February 2016 to wide acclaim.

His orchestral piece Siempre Lunes Siempre Marzo (Always Monday/Always March) was recently performed by the Juilliard Orchestra (in 2017) and by the New Jersey Symphony (in 2015). His work Passacaglia won the EarShot Composers Competition in 2016 and was performed by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

His music has been performed in Germany, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Australia, and throughout the United States by performers such as the Juilliard Orchestra, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the Orchestra of the National University of San Juan in Argentina, the St. Olaf Orchestra, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Attacca Quartet, and members of the JACK Quartet and Alarm Will Sound. In addition to these, Moya’s works have been performed by many distinguished musicians, including pianists Sean Chen, Han Chen, Michael Brown, violinists Francesca Anderegg and Sean Riley, sopranos Anna Prohaska and Susanna Philips, and mezzo-sopranos Adriana Zabala and Abigail Fischer.

Moya has recently been appointed as Assistant Professor of Composition at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He has been on the faculties of St. Olaf and Macalester Colleges, as well as in the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.


Hailed by the New York Times for her “rich tone” and “virtuosic panache,” violinist Francesca Anderegg delivers insightful accounts of contemporary and classical music. Through her inventive programming, active composer collaborations, and precise yet impassioned interpretations, Anderegg has earned renown as a musical explorer of the first order. “This was playing that had it all — taste, mastery, sensuality.” – Norman Lebrecht, The Arts Journal.

As a recitalist, Francesca Anderegg explores a personal interest in diverse musical traditions through the creation of concert programs with deep cultural and narrative threads. Upcoming concerts include performances of contemporary Latin American works drawing inspiration equally from folk heritage and the European avant-garde, traditional Russian repertoire, and a “Canciones Populares” program of works inspired by popular music ranging from jazz and blues to folk dances. Anderegg brings her exploration home with a program of recent compositions and commissions from a new generation of U.S. composers, including Clint Needham, Hannah Lash, Ted Hearne, and Reinaldo Moya. This program was recorded as the album Wild Cities, released by New Focus Recordings, and widely praised by the Strad, Q2 Music, New Music Box, and many other publications in 2016.

A recent highlight was a tour of Brazil, in which Anderegg performed as soloist with orchestras, taught master classes at Brazilian universities, performed in chamber music venues throughout the country, and taught at a social music project in the northeastern city of Recife at the invitation of the U.S. Consulate. Other highlights include recitals at the Arts Club of Washington, DC, all-Elliott Carter concerts at the Miller Theatre, performances with Itzhak Perlman and members of the Perlman Music Program, and more. Anderegg has performed the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the St. Olaf Orchestra, Daniel Schnyder’s Violin Concerto with Orchestra for the Next Century and, as winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Ligeti Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra. She recently toured Argentina and Uruguay as soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra.

Anderegg holds degrees from Harvard and Juilliard, where her teachers included Robert Mann, Ronald Copes, and Naoko Tanaka. In 2016, Ms. Anderegg was awarded a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, given to artists with a “distinctive musical voice.” She is a past recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing Arts and an alumna of the Perlman Music Program, Yellow Barn Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Committed to education and outreach as well as performing, Anderegg is a professor of violin at St. Olaf College, has taught at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and has given masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, and South America.


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    Reinaldo Moya, Imagined Archipelagos (excerpts, live recordings)

    Movement 1 (The Island of Many Calendars)

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    Movement 2 (The Island with the Imaginary Moons)

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    from Movement 4 (The Island of the Imagined Birds)

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    Additional Offerings

    • Pre-concert talk by composer Reinaldo Moya

      Reinaldo Moya will discuss his inspirations and influences as a composer, and his approach to writing orchestral music. He will also situate the violin concerto within the broader context of contemporary Latin American music.