Zimmermann Trio

Tero Saarinen’s take on Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Cello Concerto en forme de pas de trois (1966) was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Principal Guest Conductor of the LA Phil, Susanna Mälkki, directed the orchestra at the world premiere performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Soloist cellists were Ben Hong, Eric Byers and Timothy Loo.

Saarinen’s creative team includes long-time collaborators, Bessie-award winning Lighting Designer Mikki Kunttu, Costume Designer Erika Turunen and Choreographer’s Assistant Sini Länsivuori. Dance soloists are Auri Ahola, Misa Lommi and David Scarantino.


27 minutes
19 January 2018, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles, USA
LA Phil (USA) in collaboration with Tero Saarinen Company


Choreography Tero Saarinen
Music Bernd Alois Zimmermann; Cello Concerto en forme de pas de trois (1966)
Music direction Susanna Mälkki
Lighting and set design Mikki Kunttu
Costume design, Construction of elements Erika Turunen
Choreographer’s Assistant Sini Länsivuori
Cellists Ben Hong, Eric Byers, Timothy Loo
Dance Tero Saarinen Company

``--- a sensory multimedia experience --- The three virtuoso dancers were from Finland’s Tero Saarinen Company, and created mesmerizing synergistic physical counterpart to the music.``

- Classical Voice, Truman C. Wang, 21 January 2018 (USA)

``a frenetic energy that, along with the staging and dance, kept the audience enraptured from beginning to end.”

- New Classic LA, Brandon Rolle, 22 January 2018 (USA)

``--- the sense of camaraderie among the players, the orchestra, the dancers and Mälkki added an unexpected endearing aspect --- Saarinen’s movements often followed the musical lines, creating a feeling more wistful than nightmarish. --- Departure and loss became the affecting inevitables.``

- Los Angeles Times, Mark Swed, 21 January 2018 (USA)

``Saw this today. The staging was spectacular.``

- Facebook comment, 22 January 2018

``This was an amazing performance, beginning to end!``

- Facebook comment, 22 January 2018

``I was fortunate to attend the Sunday performance and it was fantastic!``

- Facebook comment, 22 January 2018