Sky is a concerto by acclaimed US composer Michael Torke, inspired by and written for the dazzling Kentucky-born GRAMMY-nominated* classical violinist and bluegrass fiddler Tessa Lark, its soloist again for tonight’s European premiere, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. A multi-award-winning alumna of both New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, Lark has collaborated with such cross-genre greats as Mitsuko Uchida, Itzhak Perlman, Edgar Meyer and Mark O’Connor.
“Some of the most optimistic, joyful and thoroughly uplifting music to appear in recent years”. (Gramophone)
Written by renowned Scottish composer Phamie Gow in 2000 at the age of 19, Lammermuir gained her international acclaim, with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation terming her "a young prodigy". Since then Phamie has released nine albums, performed in major concert halls around the world, and worked with artists such as Philip Glass and Carlos Nuñez. Phamie returns to Celtic Connections with a new symphonic collaboration featuring the original cast of Alasdair Fraser and Mairi Campbell, plus special guests including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Jarlath Henderson.
*Lark has been nominated for a 2020 GRAMMY Award for her recording of Michael Torke's Sky with the Albany Symphony Orchestra.