I just finished the arrangement for string quintet of my Adagio lamentoso, to be performed by the Virtuosi ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Recently, I had the pleasure of being contacted by Laurentius Dinca, the first violinist of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He told me that he listened to the Adagio Lamentoso, for string orchestra, and really enjoyed this work.
Laurentius is the first violin of the ensemble called  Philharmonic Virtuosi and he asked me if I could write an arrangement for string quintet of the Adagio to be performed by the Virtuosi on their Japan tour on December

I was very pleased and honored to write this arrangement for such a group of talented musicians. 

From the first moment, I knew it would be a challenge to reduce a work written for string orchestra (with a lot of divisi in the string sections) to a much smaller ensemble, and maintain the musicality and the general “spirit” of the piece.

For instance, in this section of the Adagio there’s a divisi a 3 in all strings, except for the Basses:

Here’s the reduced version for string quintet:

It was a pleasure to revisit this work I love so much, and I’m looking forward to hear the Virtuosi interpretation!

Here are the concert dates of their December tour in Japan:

12th Kobuchizawa
13th Tokyo Opera City
14th Fukuoka
15th Nagoya
17th Ginza / Noh theater
19th Osaka
20th Kan-onji
21st Higashine



Soon, I will share the Adagio string quintet version on the Sheet Music section.