Toronto Symphony Orchestra Premieres a Newly Commissioned Work

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Gustavo Gimeno, premieres a newly commissioned work by Iman Habibi. The program will also include music by Coll, Grieg and Mahler.

There will be two performances on June 9, 2022, and June 11, 2022.


Iman Habibi: Celebration Prelude (World Première/TSO Commission)
Francisco Coll: Elysian (World Première/TSO Commission)
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Mahler: Symphony No. 1


Javier Perianes, piano
Iman Habibi WSO

Canceled due to COVID – Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Performs Jeder Baum spricht

This concert is canceled due to Manitoba entering code red restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19.

On December 4th and 5th, 2020, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Daniel Raiskin, will be performing Iman Habibi’s Jeder Baum spricht, as part of their Beyond Classics series. The concert is entitled: “Beethoven’s 5th & Mozart”

Jeder Baum spricht was commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra, and premiered by them to an empty Verizon Hall (due to COVID-19 advisory) on March 12, 2020, for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven. It is an unsettling rhapsodic reflection on the climate catastrophe, and is written in dialogue with Beethoven’s 5th and 6th symphonies.

There will be two performances on December 4th and 5th 2020. Below is WSO’s event description:

Iman Habibi is well known to the WSO and its audiences. The Iranian-Canadian composer recently wrote a wonderful work for the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra to be paired with one of the best-known compositions in classical music, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

A rarely performed but brilliant Concertone for two Violins and Orchestra by Mozart shines the spotlight on the WSO’s Karl Stobbe and Jeremy Buzash. A gorgeous brass and timpani piece begins the evening of music by Samuel Barber, best known for his breathtaking Adagio for Strings.”

UBC Students Score Live

UBC Trek magazine’s article, featuring interviews by my colleagues (Daniel York and Lesley Hinger) and I about the process of writing for an orchestra. We were all participants in Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 2007 Jean Coulthard Reading Session.

Trek2I Summer 2008 pdf