Joshua Roman premieres Mason Bates’ Cello Concerto

Joshua Roman, the former 22-year-old principal of the Seattle Symphony, returned as soloist in December to give the premiere of Mason Bates’ new Cello Concerto. The Seattle Times writes “Bates’ history in techno music is evident in the strong rhythmic pulse of the concerto, which culminate in a fast-moving ‘Leger’ finale that starts off as […] Read more »

Mason Bates’ Orchestra Performances at All-time High

The Baltimore Symphony surveyed the 2014/15 season and prepared some fascinating statistics on programming. Mason Bates soars to the top as the second most performed living composer. Among the information they collected is the news that works by living composers amount to 11.4% of all works performed. You can view the complete statistics here. Beethoven […] Read more »

New Bates Violin Concerto premiered on December 7

Leonard Slatkin conducts the world premiere of the Composer of the year Mason Bates’ Violin Concerto, with the mesmerizing Anne Akiko Meyers as soloist. In order to give a truly idiomatic presentation of this challenging work, Meyer is working closely with a young consultant. Click here to learn more about the Composer of the Year […] Read more »

Mason Bates Receives the Heinz Award

Heinz Award

At the age of 35, Mason Bates is one of the youngest recipients to ever receive the prestigious Heinz Award, announced in September by Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation. The award recognizes Bates’ unique talent for expanding the range of concert music, blending a brilliant gift at orchestral writing with tasteful use of […] Read more »