As Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra (ZCO), Daniel Hope led the ensemble in a six-city German tour along with Polish violist Ryszard Groblewski that featured David Bruce’s new violin concerto, Lully Loops, a tribute to the great 17th-century composer and violinist at the court of Louis XIV in Versailles. Hope also gave solo performances charting the changing reputation of the violin over the centuries. Titled “Of Heaven and Hell,” the program comprised works by Biber, Schnittke, Penderecki, von Westhoff and others.
Hope and the orchestra reunite in December for a performance with cellist Steven Isserlis (Dec 5) followed by a three-city German tour of works by Mendelssohn, Elgar and Walton along with traditional Christmas music (Dec 7–9). In February, the violinist inaugurates a new program with ZCO on a twelve-city German tour that traces the history of dance from the Renaissance and Baroque to the waltz, foxtrot and tango (Feb 8–23). A recording of the program will be released on Deutsche Grammophon that same month.