Concerto for Two Violas and Orchestra

Commissioned by The Cleveland Orchestra
Robert Vernon & Lynne Ramsey viola soloists, Maestro Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor


…Based on Smetana’s “From My Life” Quartet, Sortomme’s readily approachable second gift to Cleveland emerged as…a gripping, vigorously colorful re-imagining of the original…Despite its audible roots in an existing piece, the concerto was relentlessly unpredictable…the piece also kept listeners on their toes, shifting unexpectedly from the ponderous and melodious to the frenzied and rhythmic…
Indeed, Sortomme knows how to write for orchestra, and must be permitted to do so again…”

The Plain Dealer
November 20, 2015
Zachary Lewis


“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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19 November 2015- Robert Vernon and Lynne Ramsey, viola soloists, and conductor Christoph von Dohnányi performing the World Premiere of Concerto for Two Violas and Orchestra with The Cleveland Orchestra
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