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Media release ~ For immediate release ~ November 16, 2016

A PIANO SENSATION PLAYS MOZART WITH SINFONIA TORONTO

Sinfonia Toronto’s concert on Friday, December 9, at 8 pm in Glenn Gould Studio will feature Canada’s latest piano sensation Charles Richard-Hamelin. He will be heard in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23. Maestro Nurhan Arman will conduct a program that includes Arnold Schoenberg’s romantic masterpiece ‘Transfigured Night’ and Hindemith’s lively ‘Five Pieces’. 

Silver medalist and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman award of the best sonata at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, Charles Richard-Hamelin is one of the most important pianists of his generation.  He has appeared in various prestigious festivals including the Prague Spring Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron in France, “Chopin and his Europe” Festival in Warsaw and the Lanaudière Festival in Canada. As a soloist, he has performed with various ensembles including the Warsaw Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Poznan Philharmonic, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, OFUNAM (Mexico), Korean Symphony and I Musici de Montréal.

Nurhan Arman has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States, returning regularly to many orchestras in Europe. Among the orchestras Maestro Arman has conducted are the Moscow Philharmonic, Deutsches Kammerorchester Frankfurt, Filarmonica Italiana, St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, Orchestre Regional d’Ile de France, Hungarian Symphony, Milano Classica and Belgrade Philharmonic. 

Now in its 18th season, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in United States and twice in Europe, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s, including a JUNO Award winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its extensive repertoire includes all the major string orchestra works of the 18th through 21st centuries, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances present outstanding international guest artists and prominent Canadian musicians.  

Tickets are $42 adult; $35 senior and $15 student. They can be purchased by phone at 416-250-3708 or toll free 1-855-985-2787 or online at http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com/

Subscriptions to the remaining Masterpiece Series are available from http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com/ or by phone at 416-499-0403 

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News release ~ for immediate release ~ October 3, 2016 

ROMANTIC RUSSIANS CONCERT OPENS SINFONIA TORONTO’S NEW SEASON 

Sinfonia Toronto will open its 18th season with a brilliant concert titled ‘Romantic Russians’ featuring the extraordinary Toronto pianist Sheng Cai on Friday, October 21, 8 pm. The orchestra’s Music Director Nurhan Arman will conduct the program consisting two of the most romantic compositions of the Russian repertoire - Tchaikovsky’s favourite ‘Serenade’ and the ultimate romantic work Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The concert is in George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. 

Award-winning pianist Sheng Cai has embraced the keyboard tradition which epitomizes the greatness of the romantic virtuoso. His performances have touched audiences and won the praise of critics on three continents. Of his Chopin 1st piano concerto the Toronto Star   headlined: "Young pianist impresses at debut" and continued "a young man with real talent... from a clear, singing tone to a subtle sense of rubato to a judicious choice of tempi... some of the same qualities embodied in Pollini's approach". Honored with a number of prizes and awards, Sheng Cai has been described as a pianist "with great confidence... lucidity, breath, color and power" by the Birmingham News.

Now in its 18th season, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in United States and twice in Europe, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s, including a JUNO Award winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its extensive repertoire includes all the major string orchestra works of the 18th through 21st centuries, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances present outstanding international guest artists and prominent Canadian musicians.  

Nurhan Arman has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States, returning regularly to many orchestras in Europe. Among the orchestras Maestro Arman has conducted are the Moscow Philharmonic, Deutsches Kammerorchester Frankfurt, Filarmonica Italiana, St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, Orchestre Regional d’Ile de France, Hungarian Symphony, Milano Classica and Belgrade Philharmonic. 

Tickets are $42 adult; $35 senior and $15 student. They can be purchased by phone at 416-250-3708 or toll free 1-855-985-2787 or online at http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com/

Subscriptions to Sinfonia Toronto’s seven-concert Masterpiece Series are available from http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com/ or from 416-499-0403 with an additional $10 per subscription for phone orders.

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News release ~ for immediate release ~ June 17, 2016

 

SINFONIA TORONTO WELCOMES NEW MUSICIANS

 

Toronto - One of Canada's premier chamber orchestras Sinfonia Toronto announced several personnel updates today.  ST’s rigorous selection process draws from a pool of exceptionally talented musicians and involves auditions before a panel of peer musicians from the orchestra and Music Director Nurhan Arman. Four successful candidates in this spring's auditions have been appointed to the orchestra. 

 

During the most recent process, viola auditions this week, Caitlin Boyle was selected.

 

Caitlin Boyle is originally from Dundas, Ontario. She completed her Bachelor of Music at the Glenn Gould School, studying with Steven Dann; an Artist Diploma at the Hochschule fur Musik Muenchen; a Masters of Music at San Diego State University; and a Graduate Diploma at McGill University. Her passion for chamber music was fostered at the Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute and Domaine Forget Chamber Music Sessions, and continued to grow through the support of such artists as Richard Lester, Terence Helmer and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. She has been a member of the Cecilia String Quartet since spring 2006. She plays on a viola made in 2002 by Joseph Curtin. In her spare time she enjoys biking, reading and theatre.

 

In auditions last month Sinfonia Toronto violinist Xiaohan Guo won the position of Concertmaster and Canadian violinist Marcus Scholtes was chosen as Associate Concertmaster. 

 

Born in Shenyang, China, Xiaohan Guo began her violin studies at the age of six, winning many awards in youth competitions. She studied at the Shanghai Conservatory. Upon graduation she joined the Shanghai Broadcast Symphony Orchestra, performing with outstanding musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Seiji Ozawa and Mstislav Rostropovich. In 2004 she moved to Montréal to study with Eleonora Turovsky at Université de Montreal; she completed her Master’s Degree there and is now undertaking her Doctorate program. Xiaohan has given many solo and chamber music recitals as well as performing as a featured soloist with I Musici de Montreal, Sinfonia Toronto and l'Orchestre de Nouvelle Generation.      

Canadian violinist Marcus Willem Scholtes holds a Doctor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Indiana University where he studied with renowned pedagogue Mimi Zweig. He has a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an Honours Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University. Dr. Scholtes currently teaches at the Wilfrid Laurier University String Academy and has also been professor of String Pedagogy. He has performed internationally at music festivals in Canada, the USA, and Europe and has attended the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Suffolk, England. He toured with the Aldeburgh World Orchestra in 2012, in Germany and Holland before playing at the BBC Proms as part of the 2012 London Olympiad. He participated in the Aldeburgh String Residency Programme in 2010 and 2012, and was again invited to join the Residency as part of the Britten Centenary concerts in 2013.

 

Violinist Adam Diderrich will join the orchestra for a one-year leave replacement. He is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began playing violin at age five. His advanced studies brought him to the University of Toronto and later to Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida for studies with Elmar Oliveira and Stephen Majeske. Most recently, he pursued a D.M.A. at the University of Miami with Glenn Basham and Felicia Moye. He has played with orchestras such as the New World Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, the Palm Beach Symphony and many others. 

 

Sinfonia Toronto's 2016-17 season begins on October 21, featuring the brilliant pianist Sheng Cai in a program titled 'Romantic Russians'.


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News release ~ for immediate release ~ April 13, 2016

BACH, GORECKI, TCHAIKOVSKY AT SINFONIA TORONTO’S SEASON FINALE

Music Director Nurhan Arman and Sinfonia Toronto will wrap up the orchestra’s 17th season in grand style on Friday, May 6, at 8 pm in George Weston Recital Hall of the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The program will feature virtuoso Toronto pianist Angela Park in the beloved Polish composer Gorecki’s ‘Concerto for Piano and Orchestra’. Ms. Park will also be heard in Bach’s G Minor Piano Concerto.

The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s masterful second string quartet arranged for orchestra by Nurhan Arman as ‘Sinfonia No. 2 in F Major’

Angela Park has established herself as one of Canada’s most sought-after pianists. Praised for her “stunningly beautiful pianism”, “beautiful tone and sensitivity”, and for performing “with such brilliant clarity it took your breath away”. Angela’s versatility as both soloist and chamber musician has led to continued success in performances across Canada, as well as in the United States, Europe, Japan and Mexico. As soloist and chamber musician, Angela has performed for such notable series as Montreal’s Pro Musica, Ottawa Chamberfest, Parry Sound’s Festival of the Sound, Winnipeg Virtuosi, Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut Tours, CBC Onstage, Orchestra London Canada, Sinfonia Toronto, Stratford Symphony, and the Northern Lights Music Festival in Mexico.

Now in its 17th season, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in United States and twice in Europe, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s, including a JUNO Award winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its extensive repertoire includes all the major string orchestra works of the 18th through 21st centuries, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances present outstanding international guest artists and prominent Canadian musicians.

Nurhan Arman has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States, returning regularly to many orchestras in Europe. Among the orchestras Maestro Arman has conducted are the Moscow Philharmonic, Deutsches Kammerorchester Frankfurt, Filarmonica Italiana, St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, Orchestre Regional d’Ile de France, Hungarian Symphony, Milano Classica and Belgrade Philharmonic.

Tickets are $42 adult; $35 senior and $15 student. They can be purchased by phone at 1-855-985-2787 or online at http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com/


SINFONIA TORONTO ANNOUNCES 2016-17 SEASON

Toronto - Sinfonia Toronto and Music Director Nurhan Arman have just announced their 2016-17 Masterpiece Series, the orchestra's 18th season. The orchestra will continue to serve Toronto with performances both downtown and uptown. Four concerts will be presented downtown at Glenn Gould Studio and three concerts will be performed in North York in George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Commenting on the new season, Maestro Arman said, "performing in the splendid acoustics of two superb concert halls is such a great pleasure. It is most rewarding for both our audiences and musicians. We are delighted with next season's terrific lineup of guest artists and exciting repertoire. We are looking forward to our first collaborations with the Chopin International Competition winner pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin and the outstanding young Montréal cellist Stéphane Tetreault. We will also welcome pianists Sheng Cai and Kariné Poghosyan and violinistsAndréa Tyniec and Elisso Gogibedashwili."

During the 2016-17 season Maestro Arman will conduct all Masterpiece Series performances except for November's, when Polish conductor Maciej Zoltowski will be on the podium. Sinfonia Toronto violinist Xiaohan Guo, recently appointed Acting Concertmaster of the orchestra, will be heard in two double concertos with her pianist husband Zhengyu Chen. Mr. Chen, a resident of Montreal, is the first Chinese pianist to win the Gold Medal at the Valencia International Piano Competition Iturbi XVI.

The 2016-17 season will open on October 21 with a 'Romantic Russians' program, featuring Sheng Cai in Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto. 

In addition to presenting the Masterpiece Series in Toronto, Sinfonia Toronto will perform for audiences in other Ontario cities. The orchestra will make two tours to Sault Ste. Marie, in October and March and in January will return to Barrie. 

Subscriptions for the 2016-17 Masterpiece Series are available at early-bird special prices until April 12. For more information please visit the orchestra's website, http://sinfoniatoronto.com

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