World-leading Ondes Martenot player Cynthia Millar returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic this week, to perform Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie from 18 to 20 January at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The work will be conducted by Susanna Mälkki and will feature piano soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
First performed by Leonard Bernstein and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1949, the Turangalîla-Symphonie was one of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century and one of the few works to feature the Ondes Martenot, invented only in 1928. Since her first performance of the work at the 1986 BBC Proms with the National Youth Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder, Cynthia has played this piece around 200 times with some of the world’s leading conductors, including Simon Rattle, Saraki Oramo, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Franz Welser-Möst, Susanna Mälkki, Andrew Davis and Mariss Jansons.
Looking ahead, Cynthia will be performing the Turangalîla-Symphonie with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra on 23 March, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France on 29 March, Nashville Symphony on 17 and 18 May, and NHK Symphony Orchestra on 19, 20 and 22 June.
More information and tickets are available for the Los Angeles Philharmonic performances on 18, 19 and 20 January here.