I'm not a fulltime concertising pianist, but I can pass on what I've been told by my teacher, who was active until recently retiring from the stage. I get the impression there are very few pianists in the world who can impose a specific concerto on a programme. For the rest, it's a matter of them being asked "Do you know the Klumpenhopfen Piano Concerto? We want to do it in October." And the pianist (or his agent) thinks "No, of course not" but says "Yes, of course" and then spends the next few weeks learning it.
Gotcha. Thanks. That answers a huge question about how to approach this.
I don't think this is going to be easy for you.
That's putting it mildly, based on my experience so far.
It would be a start if you could be your own soloist; that would eliminate one hurdle.
I wish it were possible, but it's not. Even if I could get my technique back with tons of practice there is still the matter of getting up in front of a huge crowd and the strain of pulling it off. I'm just not capable at my age and lack of experience is yet another hurdle.
I feel that an amateur orchestra is going to be easier to persuade than a professional one, or at least less difficult.
Yes, that's the paradox. The worst the orchestra, the easier it will be to achieve, except for the pianist part.
If you have any musician contacts,
I have absolutely none.
Regarding a soloist, I think you're going to have to find a way of selling the project to a sympathetic (as in, the music is to their taste) conservatory student or similar.
That's one possibility. A music student at a university could get it into the hands of his university's music director, though I doubt the conductor would care. As the director of Colburn told me (and he stated that this is true basically across the board), orchestra rehearsal time is so limited and auditorium time precious that virtually no university would be willing to donate the time even for a short run-through, which is what I proposed to him. No money was mentioned.
Offering them the piece as an opportunity to do a world premiere might be another avenue. Bear in mind what the requirements of their course may be regarding public performance. Some colleges will have public student noticeboards; putting an advert up might be constructive.
This is one of the very few avenues I have: a public notice, "Hey I will pay you X dollars to learn and perform this piece." But I have to have an orchestra waiting to do it. Also, the contact person for the Tuscon Symphony mentioned that they plan their concerts typically two years out so the earliest I could get it on a program would be 2014-2015.
I don't think throwing money at the project is necessarily going to yield results, as it seems you have experienced, and I would certainly try to combine the prospect of financial gain with musical persuasion
Actually, this is the only prospect I have. "Money talks. Bulls*t walks" as the saying goes. Nobody is going to do this for me purely out of altruism. The ONLY motivation they would have is money. Orchestras need it; students need it; universities need it. In this day and age, unfortunately, it's the only motivator there is. I have no doubts that if I mortgaged my home and raised 100k I could have this performed in six months. But who is crazy or egoistic enough to do something as insane as that? And for sure my wife would say, "You want to do what???? And use the money for WHAT???? Are you out of your friggin' mind??????
By the way, thank you much, Andrew for your input. Lots of good stuff in there.