World premiere of Bimetal by Miloš Orson Štědroň

In 2023 we continue to present works by contemporary composers. The Czech Philharmonic under the baton of conductor Tomáš Netopil will perform Bimetal, a double concerto for 2 trombones and orchestra. The first world premiere of the new year will take place on 19 January.

Photo illustrating page Dirigent Tomáš Netopil

“The title Bimetal is a bit of a wordplay—besides referring to the instrumentation with two trombones, it also refers to a well-known phenomenon of physics. The principle of the bimetallic strip is based on the specific properties of two different kinds of metal, and in particular their differing thermal expansion. I wanted to carry over this principle of action and reaction into the world of music and to take advantage of the enormous instrumental possibilities of two trombones in the form of a double concerto that offers ‘combat’ as well as harmony.”

Miloš Orson Štědroň

The composition Bimetal was written in the years 2020-2022. The trombonists of the Czech Philharmonic Robert Kozánek and Lukáš Mot'ka, who will play the main parts, have been involved in the preparation of the premiere. The orchestra is a very important partner here, as it determines how to switch between the two trombones. 

Bimetal promises an experience both virtuosic and entertaining, unconventionally constructed and full of unexpected contrasts.

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