Rhapsody for Viola and Orchestra, 2007

Commissioned by The Cleveland Orchestra
Robert Vernon, solo viola Franz Welser-Möst, conductor


“…Between Mozart and Tchaikovsky came the highpoint of the evening: the world premiere of a Rhapsody for Viola and Orchestra by Richard Sortomme… Here is a work that speaks to an audience with music for savoring rather than academic exercises or arcane technical experiments. There is not so much repertory for viola and orchestra that such an imaginative and listenable work cannot make its way in the wider concert world…..”

American Record Guide
July/August 2007
Robert Finn


“Richard Sortomme’s Double Viola Concerto was commissioned by The Cleveland Orchestra to celebrate the distinguished tenure of retiring Principal Viola Robert Vernon. With Assistant Principal Viola Lynn Ramsey joining her colleague and conducted by Music Director Laurette, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sortomme’s unique and challenging composition was tailor-made for the performers’ soloistic and ensemble strengths. And even beyond Sortomme’s ample musical goals, his work evidenced a welcome sensitivity to the important institutional occasion.”

Gary Hanson, Executive Director of The Cleveland Orchestra, 2004-2015
November 2015

“It was our pleasure to premiere Richard Sortomme’s Piano Concerto. Pamela Mia Paul gave a beautiful performance which was very well received by all. The artistry and facility required by the work was a worthwhile challenge that engaged the performers as well as the audience. We hope that our investment of time, energy and attention will encourage future performances of the piece. This work is a welcome addition to the limited number of piano concertos that are available for the medium.”

Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Artistic Director of The North Texas Wind Symphony
March 2021

Concerto for Piano and Wind Symphony

February 20, 2020

Pamela Mia Paul, piano soloist, The North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Artistic Director, Daniel Cook, Guest Conductor

Click below to the live performance on YouTube!


It is a stated goal of mine to compose many more works for wind symphony, on the professional level, the college level and the high school level.

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10 September 2016- Richard Sortomme, conductor Peter Shannon and violin soloist Elmar Oliveira backstage at The Lucas Theater before the World Premiere of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with the Savannah Philharmonic.
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