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RUSSIAN PIANO VIRTUOSO PLAYS AT SINFONIA TORONTO’S SEASON FINALE 

Music Director Nurhan Arman and Sinfonia Toronto will wrap up the orchestra’s Fifteenth Anniversary season in grand style on Friday, May 9, at 8 pm in George Weston Recital Hall of the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The program will feature virtuoso Russian pianistAlexander Ghindin in the beloved Bach Piano Concerto in D Minor and Russian composer Alfred Schnittke’s dramatic Concerto for Piano and Strings. The Russian Serenade program also includes Borodin’s famous String Quartet No. 2 in a stunning orchestral version.

The youngest artist ever to win the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1994, Alexander Ghindin has established himself as a pianist of worldwide distinction, with prizes at several of the other most prestigious international competitions and a rapidly expanding schedule of concerto engagements. In 1999 he won Second Prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and in 2007 First Prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition in the United States, leading to more than fifty US concerts. In 1999 Mr.Ghindin joined the Moscow State Philharmonic as regular soloist, and has performed in numerous countries. In 2006 he was named an Honoured Artist of Russia and in the 2010-2011 season was engaged as the Artistic Director of four festivals: in Moscow, Perm (Russia) and Minsk (Belarus) and as International Artistic Director of the Swedish Royal Festival in Stockholm. His fifteen recordings include Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 in their original versions with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy. He has also appeared on television and in broadcasts in Russia, Germany, Belgium, Japan, France, Luxembourg and Poland.

Celebrating its 15th season this year, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in Europe twice, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s including a JUNO winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its rich repertoire includes the string orchestra music of the 19th and 20th century, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances feature outstanding international artists and some of the most sought-after Canadian musicians. 

Nurhan Arman is a popular guest conductor in Europe. He has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States. Among the many 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. During the 2013-14 season he conducts the Orchester des Nordharzer in Leipzig, Poland’s famed Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, Italy's Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo and the Filarmonica Brasov of Romania. 

Tickets  are $49 adult; $39 senior and $19 student. They can be purchased from 1-855-985-2787 or  http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com 

Details at a glance:

Friday May 9 2014 8 pm -  Toronto Centre for the Arts    
ALEXANDER GHINDIN Pianist 
One of Russia’s meteoric piano talents 
returns to Toronto for a mostly Russian concert
BACH Piano Concerto in D Minor
SCHNITTKE Concerto for Piano and Strings
BORODIN Sinfonia
Tickets  $49 adult; $39 senior; $19 student 

News release ~ for immediate release
January 17, 2014

SINFONIA TORONTO ANNOUNCES 2014-2015 SEASON

Sinfonia Toronto  and Music Director Nurhan Arman have just announced their 2014-15 concert season. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, next season Toronto's chamber orchestra will continue presenting its Masterpiece Series in Glenn Gould Studio and in George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. 

"Serving Toronto in both downtown and North York is important for us," said Maestro Arman, adding that "Toronto is a truly a megacity, and there is great interest in classical music in the northern edge of Toronto, which is a rapidly expanding area." 

The orchestra's 2014-15 season will include a diverse roster of guest artists, including local, Canadian and international soloists. The season will open with the brilliant British violinist Irmina Trynkos. Known for her best-selling recording with the Royal Philharmonic Ms. Trynkos will perform the North American premiere of Nimrod Borenstein's Poem along with some charming concert pieces. Other soloists include pianists Anastasia Rizikov, Dmitri Levkovich, Antonio Di Cristofano and Kariné Poghosyan; violist Sharon Wei; and violinists Elisso Gogibedaswili, Xiaohan Guo. Canadian cellist Jeremy Findlay will return home from his highly successful career in Europe for a debut performance with Sinfonia Toronto.

Maestro Arman highlighted a new initiative for the 2014-2015 season, mentioning that "I am especially excited about our collaboration with the North York Music Festival. The stars of the Festival will be featured on our February Masterpiece concert. It will be thrilling for our audience to hear the amazing talent of such young performers, and a great experience for the Festival's concerto winners to share a professional stage with our masterful musicians." 

The 2014-2015 season will also feature premiere performances of intriguing, accessible works by Canadian and international composers. 

Complete details of the 2014-2015 Masterpiece Series are now available on the Sinfonia Toronto website http://sinfoniatoronto.com  

Early bird subscription tickets go on sale on January 24 for: adult $189, senior $169, student $99, and will be available online athttp://sinfoniatoronto.com  

Visit our guest artists' websites:

IRMINA TRYNKOS Violinist www.irminatrynkos.com
ANTONIO DI CRISTOFANO Pianist http://www.dicristofano.it/
ANASTASIA RIZIKOV Pianist http://www.anastasiarizikov.ca/
KARINÉ POGHOSYAN Pianist http://www.karinepoghosyan.com/
JEREMY FINDLAY Cellist  http://www.jeremyfindlay.com/
ELISSO GOGIBEDASCHWILI Violinist http://elisso.eu/
DMITRI LEVKOVICH Pianist http://www.dmitrilevkovich.com/


Media release ~  For immediate release ~ January 2, 2014

SINFONIA TORONTO PRESENTS ‘MOZART AND THE CANADIANS’

Sinfonia Toronto’s next concert will spotlight masterpieces by Mozart and two great Canadian composers. Music Director Nurhan Arman will conduct the “Mozart and the Canadians” program in Glenn Gould Studio on Friday, January 24 at 8 pm. 

The world premiere performance of a new piano concerto by composer John Burge will feature the brilliant Canadian pianist Angela Park. Toronto violin virtuoso Conrad Chow will perform a beautiful work included on his 2012 CD with Sinfonia Toronto, Joy, by Toronto composer Kevin Lau, and also Mozart’s delightful Rondo for Violin and Orchestra. The program also includes an orchestral version of Mozart’s “Dissonant” Quartet

Angela Park  has established herself as one of Canada's leading young pianists. Equally accomplished in both solo and chamber music experience, Angela's versatility has led to continued success in performances across Canada, as well as in the US, Europe, Japan and Mexico. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at the Indiana University School of Music.

Violinist Conrad Chow earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Indiana University School of Music, studying with Miriam Fried. His DMA is from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, where he studied with Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, and Philip Setzer. He has also pursued post-doctoral work with Eduard Schmieder at Temple University in Philadelphia. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and is currently on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory’s Young Artists Performance Academy and Visiting Professor of Violin at the University of Jinan College of Music in Shandong, China.

Celebrating its 15th season this year, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in Europe twice, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s including a JUNO winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its rich repertoire includes the string orchestra music of the 19th and 20th century, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances feature outstanding international artists and some of the most sought-after Canadian musicians. 

Nurhan Arman  is a popular guest conductor in Europe. He has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States. Among the many 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. During the 2013-14 season he appears as guest conductor with the Orchester des Nordharzer in Leipzig, Poland’s famed Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo, Orchestra Sinfonica di Grosseto and the Filarmonica Brasov of Romania. 

Tickets  are $39 adult; $32 senior and $12 student. They can be purchased from 1-866-943-8849 or online at http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com 

Details at a glance
MOZART AND THE CANADIANS
Friday Jan 24 2014 8 pm -  Glenn Gould Studio
ANGELA PARK Pianist /  CONRAD CHOW Violinist
Two outstanding Canadian composers,  much Mozart and two superb soloists 
BURGE Piano Concerto world premiere
LAU Joy for Violin and Orchestra   
MOZART Rondo in B flat for Violin and Orchestra 
MOZART String Quartet in C (Dissonant) orchestral version
Tickets $39 adult; $32 senior; $12 student  1-866-943-8849 or  http://www.ticketbreak.com/event_details/6327

November 1, 2013 - News release
SINFONIA TORONTO'S MAESTRO TO CONDUCT IN EUROPE

Sinfonia Toronto Music Director Nurhan Arman will be flying back and forth between Europe and Canada to conduct several European orchestras. 

Immediately after leading Sinfonia Toronto's sold-out 'Tchaikovsky' program on November 8, Maestro Arman will fly to Leipzig to conduct two concerts with the Orchester des Nordharzer. The concerts are part of the IMPULS Festival of New Music. Maestro Arman will conduct the world premiere of Caspar de Gelmini's Players' Paradise. The rest of the program will feature all 20th-Century works, including Kurt Weill's Symphony No. 2 and Shostakovich's Ballet Suite No. 1. The brilliant Armenian saxophonist Koryun Asatryan will be the soloist in Glazounov Saxophone Concerto.

From Germany Maestro Arman will proceed directly to Romania to conduct the Filarmonica Brasov. The orchestra is celebrating the inaugural season of the recently-completed concert hall Sala Patria. Maestro Arman will conduct Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9; Beethoven's Prometheus Overture and the Grieg Piano Concerto with pianist Ana-Marija Markovina. Maestro Arman has had a long association with Filarmonica Brasov since serving as the Permanent Guest Conductor of the orchestra from 1984 through 1986.

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

During the second half of the 2013-14 season he will  conduct the Europa Kammerphilharmonie in Berlin, Poland’s famed Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonia de Grosseto and the Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo.

November 1, 2013 - News release
SINFONIA TORONTO SERVES FRENCH BONBONS
 
Sinfonia Toronto will light up the holiday season on Saturday, December 7, at 8 pm in Glenn Gould Studio. Music Director Nurhan Arman will conduct a festive and varied program. Canadian clarinetist Julian Milkis will return to perform the North American premiere of American jazz legend Dick Hyman’s Ragtime Concerto. New York based violinist Nune Melikian, will be heard in two French delights: Ravel’s Tzigane and the Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. The program will also include the French impressionist colours of Debussy’s String Quartet, arranged especially for this performance by Nurhan Arman.
 
Clarinetist Julian Milkis has established himself as a pre-eminent international soloist and chamber musician, appearing on the principal stages of Europe, the Far East and the Americas. He has performed solo and chamber concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Hamburg Philharmonic Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He has played with the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Moscow State Symphony, Vivaldi Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto, Orchestre Nationale de Lyon, Orchestre Symphonique Francaise, CBC Vancouver Orchestra and Hermitage Chamber Orchestra among many others.
 
Violinist NuneMelikian, studied violin at the famed Gnessin School of Music in Moscow and later at the Moscow Conservatory. She received a two-year scholarship to continue her studies at the University of Montreal in Canada with Prof. Vladimir Landsman, receiving her master’s degree in 2011. She is currently studying with Prof. Albert Markov in New York.
 
Melikian has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral violinist throughout Russia, Europe, and Canada. She has received grants from the Vladimir Spivakov Musical Fund and the David Oistrakh Musical Fund. She has participated in music festivals and master classes, including the “Stars of XXI Century” with Vladimir Spivakov in Moscow, Copenhagen, Denmark and Rome, Italy.

Celebrating its15th season this year, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in Europe twice, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s including a JUNO winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its rich repertoire includes the string orchestra music of the 19th and 20th century, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances feature outstanding international artists and some of the most sought-after Canadian musicians.
 
Nurhan Arman is a popular guest conductor in Europe. He has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States. Among the many 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. During the 2013-14 season he will conduct two programs with the Europa Kammerphilharmonie in Berlin and will also direct the Orchester des Nordharzer in Leipzig, Poland’s famed Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica Brasov of Romania.

Tickets are $39 adult; $32 senior and $12 student. They can be purchased from 1-866-943-8849 or online at http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com

Details at a glance:
 
FRENCH BONBONS
Saturday Dec 7 2013 8 pm -  Glenn Gould Studio 
JULIAN MILKIS Clarinetist
NUNE MELIKIAN Violinist
Dazzling music by jazz legend 
Dick Hyman, impressionist dreams,
and French bonbons for violin 
RAVEL Tzigane
SAINT-SAENS Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
HYMAN Ragtime Concerto North American premiere
DEBUSSY String Quartet  orchestral version
Tickets $39 adult; $32 senior; $12 student
1-866-943-8849 or  http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com


SINFONIA TORONTO TO PERFORM TCHAIKOVSKY'S SOUVENIR

Brilliant Korean pianist Heejung Park will be the guest soloist for Sinfonia Toronto’s next Masterpiece Series concert on November 8, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14. The 8 pm performance at Glenn Gould Studio will be conducted by orchestra’s Music Director Nurhan Arman leading the orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s beloved Souvenir de Florence.

South Korean pianist Heejung Park Park graduated from Seoul  University and received a scholarship to continue her studies at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart with Professor Andrzej Ratusinski. She has participated in the International Piano Summer Academy Freiburg and Euro Arts Summer Festival in Leipzig.  She has appeared as soloist with the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra and Gwacheon Philharmonic in Korea as well as many European orchestras such as the Moravian Philharmonic and Kharkov Philharmonic.
 
Celebrating its 15th season this year, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in Europe twice, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s including a JUNO winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its rich repertoire includes the string orchestra music of the 19th and 20th century, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances feature outstanding international artists and some of the most sought-after Canadian musicians.

Nurhan Arman is a popular guest conductor in Europe. He has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States. Among the many 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. During the 2013-14 season he will conduct two programs with the Europa Kammerphilharmonie in Berlin and will also direct the Orchester des Nordharzer in Leipzig, Poland’s famed Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica Brasov of Romania. 
 
Tickets are $39 adult; $32 senior and $12 student. They can be purchased from 1-866-943-8849 or online at http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com

Details at a glance:

TCHAIKOVSKY!
Friday Nov 8 2013 8 pm - Glenn Gould Studio
NURHAN ARMAN Conductor / HEEJUNG PARK Pianist
RESPIGHI Ancient Air and Dances Suite No. 3
MOZART Piano Concerto K 449
TCHAIKOVSKY Souvenir de Florence
Tickets $39 adult; $32 senior; $12 student 
1-866-943-8849 or  http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com


News release ~ for immediate release ~ October 7, 2013

VIOLINIST LARA ST. JOHN OPENS SINFONIA TORONTO'S 15TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Sinfonia Toronto will kick off its Fifteenth Anniversary season with a gala concert featuring the extraordinary Canadian violinist Lara St. John on Saturday, October 26, 8 pm in George Weston Recital Hall. The orchestra’s Music Director Nurhan Arman will conduct a varied program ranging from Bach to Nino Rota. 

Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John has been described as “something of a phenomenon” by The Strad and a “high-powered soloist” by The New York Times. She has performed as a soloist with the orchestras across North America, including the orchestraS of Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. In Europe, she has played with the Royal Philharmonic, NDR Symphony, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Bournemouth Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, Belgrade Philharmonic, Amsterdam Symphony and many others.

On October 26 Lara St. John will be heard in Bach's Violin Concerto in E Major and in the North American premiere of Matthew Hindson'sMaralinga.

Now entering its 15th season, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in Europe twice, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s, including a JUNO Award winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its rich repertoire includes the string orchestra music of the 18th through 21st centuries, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances feature outstanding international artists and some of the most sought-after Canadian musicians. 

Nurhan Arman  is a popular guest conductor in Europe. He has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States. Among the many 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. During the 2013-14 season he will conduct two programs with the Europa Kammerphilharmonie in Berlin and will also direct the Orchester des Nordharzer in Leipzig, Filarmonica Italiana and Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari in Italy, Poland’s famed Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica Brasov of Romania. 

Subscriptions to Sinfonia Toronto’s seven-concert Masterpiece Series are $199 adult; $179 senior and $109 student athttp://www.sinfoniatoronto.com/ or from 416-499-0403 with an additional $10 per subscription for phone orders. 

Single tickets are $49 adult; $39 senior; $19 student and are available from Ticketmaster.com or toll free 1-855-985-2787.


News release ~ for immediate release ~ April 24, 2013

SINFONIA TORONTO PLAYS FINAL CONCERT OF THE SEASON 

Toronto, Ontario - Nurhan Arman will conduct Sinfonia Toronto in its final concert of the season featuring virtuoso pianist Dmitri Levkovich onFriday, May 10, at 8 pm in Glenn Gould Studio. Mr. Levkovich will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The program also includes Dvorak’s famous Serenade and the premiere of Salt and Vinegar, a work by the orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence, eminent Toronto composer Chan Ka Nin. 

Dmitri Levkovich , pianist and composer, has been described by the press as “one of the truly elect, an artist with technique, a ravishing touch, sensitivity, perspective and intelligence. Seldom do these qualities come together so compellingly.” Donald Rosenberg of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote “The competition’s poet appears to be Dmitri Levkovich, who takes music-making into another realm. Everything was beautifully polished, fluent and defined.” 

Mr. Levkovich has won top prizes in numerous international competitions, most recently First Prize in the Jose Iturbi Piano Competition. Other prizes include Hilton Head (First Prize), Viardo (First Prize as well as Public Favourite Prize), Cleveland (Chopin Prize), New Orleans (Second Prize), and has been featured as soloist with many orchestras, including the Louisiana Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. He has appeared in concert in Austria, France, Canada, Chile, Japan, Israel, Mexico, Poland, United Kingdom, Ukraine and the United States. 

Sinfonia Toronto has toured in Europe twice, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s including a JUNO winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its rich repertoire includes the string orchestra music of the 19th and 20th century, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances feature outstanding international artists and some of the most sought-after Canadian musicians. 

Nurhan Arman is a popular guest conductor in Europe. He has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States. Among the many 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, Belgrade Philharmonic and others. 

Tickets are $39 adult; $32 senior and $12 student. They can be purchased from 416-

Details at a glance:
Friday, May 10, 2013; 8 pm Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front Street West)
SINFONIA TORONTO / NURHAN ARMAN, Conductor
DMITRI LEVKOVICH, Pianist
Program
CHAN KA NIN Salt and Vinegar
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 chamber version
DVORAK Serenade
Tickets $39 adult; $32 senior; $12 student


News release - for immediate release - March 17, 2013

SINFONIA TORONTO MOVES ON AFTER BORODIN QUARTET CANCELS

Toronto - Sinfonia Toronto found itself in an awkward situation last Friday when the renowned Borodin Quartet walked out on its contract with the orchestra. The quartet has backed out of April appearances in Ontario and Quebec after their Montreal concert was cancelled by the promoter. The Quartet was to have performed with Sinfonia Toronto on April 18 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

"This cancellation is most unfortunate. ST had invested a considerable amount of resources towards this performance, and now with one month's notice they have abandoned us." said Nurhan Arman, the orchestra's music director. "When we were approached by their representative with a proposal to perform together, we welcomed their offer immediately and added this concert to our series. We agreed to their preferred date even though we had already a concert planned only a few days earlier. This was a shocking surprise."

After considering potential replacements, Sinfonia Toronto has decided to proceed with the April 18 concert 'String Delights' with all the same repertoire previously announced: Mozart, Beethoven, Knipper and Elgar. "We'll play the exact same program we had planned, with our own terrific musicians, and we'll augment the orchestra with additional fine Toronto musicians. I am confident that we'll perform a brilliant concert and show off Sinfonia Toronto plus some of our city's amazing musicians. We will respond with an artistic triumph."

'String Delights' concert will take place on Thursday, April 18 at the George Weston Recital Hall. For more information please visit www.sinfoniatoronto.com


News release ~ for immediate release ~ March 15, 2013

JUNO WINNER ALEXANDRE DA COSTA PLAYS WITH SINFONIA TORONTO

JUNO-Award winning Canadian violinist Alexandre Da Costa has been taking Europe by storm for a decade. One of his rare Toronto appearances several seasons ago brought Sinfonia Toronto’s audience to its feet cheering his spectacular virtuosity. Back by popular demand, he will join Sinfonia Toronto and conductor Nurhan Arman on Friday, April 12, 8 pm for a Masterpiece Series concert at Glenn Gould Studio.

Mr. Da Costa will perform Mozart’s Violin Co ncerto in A and Sarasate’s mesmerizing Zigeunerweisen, the famous “Gypsy Airs.” Also featured on the program are Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich’s evocative Postcards from the Sky and an orchestral version of Mendelssohn’s beloved Octet for Strings.

Alexandre Da Costa was born in Montreal. Winner of too many national and international first prizes to count, he has given more than a thousand concerts and recitals throughout North America, Mexico, Europe, United Kingdom and Asia. He has performed in major halls such as Vienna’s Musikverein, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Hamburg’s Musikhalle and Madrid’s National Auditorium, and has played with prestigious orchestras such as the London Royal Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, Hamburg Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Prague Philharmonic, Sinfonia Toronto and Spain’s National TV & Radio Symphony. 

As recording artist, he has issued 12 CD’s and in 2012, he won the JUNO Award for Classical Album of the Year for his recording of concertos by Michael Daugherty on the Warner Classics label with the Montreal Symphony under Pedro Halffter. 

Now in its 14th season, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in Europe twice, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s including a JUNO winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its rich repertoire includes the string orchestra music of the 19th and 20th century, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances feature outstanding international artists and some of the most sought-after Canadian musicians. 

Nurhan Arman is a popular guest conductor in Europe. He has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States. Among the many 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, Belgrade Philharmonic and others. 

Tickets are $39 adult; $32 senior and $12 student. They can be purchased from 416-
872-4255 or at http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com/

Subscriptions to the 7-concert Masterpiece Series are $189 adult; $169 senior and $99 students
by phone at 416-499-0403, or $10 off each price with the online discount at http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com/


News release ~ for immediate release ~ February 5, 2013

ANGELA CHENG AND RIVKA GOLANI TO PERFORM WITH SINFONIA TORONTO 

Sinfonia Toronto really meant it when naming 2012-13 “A Season of Stars.” The orchestra’s next concert will feature the brilliant Canadian pianist Angela Cheng and also one of the world’s foremost violists, Rivka Golani. Ms. Cheng will play Mozart’s charming and witty Piano Concerto No. 9, the “Jeunehomme,” and Ms. Golani will be heard in the world premiere of JUNO-Award-winning Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich’s Viola Concerto, a work commissioned by Sinfonia Toronto and Rivka Golani that will display all the emotional and melodic intensity for which Mr. Mozetich is famous.

Music Director Nurhan Arman will conduct the concert on Friday, March 8 at 8 pm in Glenn Gould Studio. The orchestra will also perform Britten’s folk-style Simple Symphony and Czech composer Josef Suk’s Meditation on an old Bohemian Choral. 

Consistently cited for her brilliant technique, tonal beauty and superb musicianship, pianist Angela Cheng is one of Canada's brightest stars. She has appeared as soloist with virtually every orchestra in Canada, as well as the Birmingham Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Utah Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic, among others. 

Rivka Golani  is recognized as one of the most outstanding violists of modern times. Her contributions to the advancement of viola technique have already given her a place in the history of the instrument, and have been a source of inspiration to other players as well as many composers who have been inspired by her mastery to write for the viola. More than 250 works have been composed for Rivka so far, including 65 concertos, a record unmatched by any other violist in history.

Ms. Golani has performed as soloist with many of the world’s most prominent orchestras, such as the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto, Montreal Symphony, and numerous others.

Now in its 14th season, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in Europe twice, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s including a JUNO winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its rich repertoire includes the string orchestra music of the 19th and 20th century, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances feature outstanding international artists and some of the most sought-after Canadian musicians. 

Nurhan Arman  is a popular guest conductor in Europe. He has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States. Among the many 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, Belgrade Philharmonic and others. 

Tickets  are $39 adult; $32 senior and $12 student. They can be purchased from 416-
872-4255 or online at http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com/

Details at a glance:
Friday, March 8, 2013; 8 pm Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front Street West)
SINFONIA TORONTO / NURHAN ARMAN, Conductor
ANGELA CHENG, Pianist and RIVKA GOLANI, Violist
Program
BRITTEN Simple Symphony
SUK Meditation on an Old Bohemian Choral
MOZETICH Viola Concerto world premiere
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 9
Tickets  $39 adult; $32 senior; $12 student
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News release ~ for immediate release ~ December 27, 2012

MOZART & KANCHELI - TWO GREAT COMPOSERS, TWO SOLOISTS, MUCH MOZART 

Sinfonia Toronto’s next concert will spotlight masterpieces by two great composers: Mozart and Georgian composer Giya Kancheli. The brilliant clarinetist Julian Milkis and Sinfonia Toronto’s beloved concertmaster Mary-Elizabeth Brown will each be featured in one of these masterpieces, conducted by Music Director Nurhan Arman on Friday, January 25 at Glenn Gould Studio. Ms. Brown will play Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.2 and Mr. Milkis will play the Canadian premiere of Kancheli’s Night Prayers for Clarinet, Tape and Strings, as well as an intriguing new setting of the famous slow movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 transcribed for clarinet and strings by Toronto composer/arranger Alexander Levkovich. The program also includes a Mozart’s Quartet in A Major in an orchestral version.

Julian Milkis  has established himself as a pre-eminent international soloist and chamber musician, appearing on the principal stages of Europe, the Far East and the Americas. He has performed solo and chamber concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Hamburg Philharmonic Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and has played with the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Moscow State Symphony, Vivaldi Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto, Orchestre Nationale de Lyon, Orchestre Symphonique Francaise, CBC Vancouver Orchestra and Hermitage Chamber Orchestra among many others.

Mary-Elizabeth Brown  has delighted audiences around the world and earned accolades for her “ability to unfold bittersweet magic” (Rhein Main Presse) and for her “perfect command of her instrument” (Florsheim Zeitung). In addition to her current post as Concertmaster of Sinfonia Toronto, she is in demand as guest leader, chamber musician and soloist, and has led orchestras under the batons of noted conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Kryszstof Penderecki, Lorin Maazel, Helmuth Rilling and Placido Domingo. She has given concerts at the Festival Campos do Jordao (Brazil), Mozarteum Uruguay, the White House, Indian River Festival, Elora Festival and Banff Summer Arts Festival, and has recorded for Cambria Records, EMI and Marquis Classics.

Now in its 14th season, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in Europe twice, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s including a JUNO winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its rich repertoire includes the string orchestra music of the 19th and 20th century, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances feature outstanding international artists and some of the most sought-after Canadian musicians. 

Nurhan Arman  is a popular guest conductor in Europe. He has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States. Among the many 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, Belgrade Philharmonic and others. In February he will guest conduct Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma in Rome's prestigious Auditorium Conciliazione.

Tickets  are $39 adult; $32 senior and $12 student. They can be purchased from 416-872-4255 or online athttp://www.roythomson.com/eventdetail/1149

Details at a glance:
Jan 25 2013, 8 pm Glenn Gould Studio
SINFONIA TORONTO / NURHAN ARMAN, Conductor
JULIAN MILKIS Clarinetist
MARY-ELIZABETH BROWN Violinist 
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 2
KANCHELI Night Prayers for Clarinet and Strings 
MOZART Andante from Piano Concerto No. 21
MOZART String Quartet K 169 in orchestral version
MOZART String Quartet K 169 in orchestral version
Tickets : $39 adult; $32 senior and $12 student from 416-872-4255 or online at http://www.roythomson.com/eventdetail/1149


News release - for immediate release - November 19, 2012

ITALIAN FLUTIST SERENADES THE SEASON

Popular Italian flutist Mario Carbotta will return to Sinfonia Toronto to light up the holiday season on Friday, December 14, at 8 pm in Glenn Gould Studio. Music Director Nurhan Arman will conduct a festive and varied program. Mr. Carbotta will be heard in Morricone’s famous Gabriel’s Oboe, Borne’s brilliant Carmen Variations and Ontario composer John Burge’s nostalgic Forgotten Dreams. Other works on the program include Strings Together by the orchestra’s composer-in-residence Chan Ka Nin, and Beethoven’s String Quartet op 18, no. 3 in an orchestral version. 

Mario Carbotta  has appeared as soloist with many prominent orchestras such as the I Solisti Aquilani, La Scala Strings, Milano Classica, the Mannheim Kammerorchester, Mainzer Kammerorchester, Deutsches Kammerorchester Frankfurt, the Prague Virtuosi, Tonkünstlerorchester, Niederosterraich Wien, the Thüringen Symphony, the Oldenburgische Staatsorchester, Israels’ Raanana Symphonette, the Istanbul Symphony, and Portugal’s Orquestra Algarve. He has premiered numerous works for flute and recorded the complete flute works of Saveiro Mercadante, Nino Rota and Alessandro Rolla. The December 14 concert will mark his third collaboration with Sinfonia Toronto.

Now in its 14th season, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in Europe twice, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s including a JUNO winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its rich repertoire includes the string orchestra music of the 19th and 20th century, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances feature outstanding international artists and some of the most sought-after Canadian musicians. 

Nurhan Arman  is a popular guest conductor in Europe. He has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States. Among the many orchestras Maestro Arman has conducted are the Moscow Philharmonic, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Deutsches Kammerorchester Frankfurt, Filarmonica Italiana, St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, Orchestre Regional d’Ile de France, Hungarian Symphony, Milano Classica, Belgrade Philharmonic and others. 

Tickets  are $39 adult; $32 senior and $12 student. They can be purchased from 416-872-4255 or online at http://www.roythomson.com/eventdetail/1151

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

Details at a glance:
Dec 14 2012, 8 pm Glenn Gould Studio 250 Front St. West
SINFONIA TORONTO / NURHAN ARMAN, Conductor
MARIO CARBOTTA Flutist
CHAN KA NIN Strings Together world premiere 
BORNE Fantasy on a Theme from Bizet’s Carmen
BURGE Forgotten Dreams
MORRICONE Gabriel’s Oboe 
BEETHOVEN String Quartet op 18, no 3 orchestral version
Tickets: $39 adult; $32 senior; $12 student


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News release - for immediate release - October 17, 2012

PIANO PRODIGY PLAYS CHOPIN WITH SINFONIA TORONTO

Pianist Anastasia Rizikov’s youth and virtuosity will both amaze in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at Sinfonia Toronto’s Masterpiece Series concert on Friday, November 16. The performance at 8 pm in Glenn Gould Studio will also feature guest conductorBerislav Skenderovic leading the orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s beloved Serenade for Strings.

Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov is a remarkably poised and precocious 14-year-old who is already achieving remarkable acclaim. At age 11, she was First Prize winner of the Rotary International Piano Competition in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in the category for competitors up to 28 year old! She was the youngest winner in the competition’s 18 year history, and won over other pianists more than twice her age. Nationally, Anastasia is also a First Prize winner in both the Canadian Music Competition (CMC) and the Canadian Chopin Competition. 

Guest Conductor Berislav Skenderovic, has studied at the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich under Wolfgang Sawalisch and Sergiu Celibidache. He has served as Ballet Conductor at the Bavarian Opera Studio, as Resident Conductor of the Croatian National Theatre, as Chief Conductor of the Sarajevo Radio Symphony and the Capetown Philharmonic in South Africa, and has conducted throughout Europe, South America and Asia.

Now entering its 14th season, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in Europe twice, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s including a JUNO winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its rich repertoire includes the string orchestra music of the 19th and 20th century, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances feature outstanding international artists and some of the most sought-after Canadian musicians. 

Tickets are $39 adult; $32 senior and $12 student. They can be purchased from 416-872-4255 or online at http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com/

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

Details at a glance:
Friday, Nov 16 2012 Glenn Gould Studio
SINFONIA TORONTO / BERISLAV SKENDEROVIC Guest Conductor 
ANASTASIA RIZIKOV Pianist 
Program
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade
Tickets $39 adult; $32 senior; $12 student
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News release - October 23, 2012 - for immediate release
SINFONIA TORONTO TO PLAY IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL WITH TCHAIKOVSKY GOLD MEDALIST  

Sinfonia Toronto  will launch its new season with a  Gala Concert  featuring Cellist  Narek Hakhnazaryan  on Saturday, October 27 in the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Immediately the next day the orchestra will repeat the same concert in Montreal's Theatre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts. The orchestra’s Music Director  Nurhan Arman  will conduct a varied program ranging from Mozart to Khachaturian.   

An instant sensation  as he won the Gold Medal in the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition,  Narek Hakhnazaryan  will perform Haydn’s sparkling Cello Concerto in C Major and also Paganini’s Moses Variations, a virtuoso showpiece which will give his spectacular technique full range. Other works on the program include Arutunian’s brilliant Sinfonietta and Khachaturian’s colourful Masquerade Suite. 

Hailed as a “seasoned phenom”  by the Washington Post, Narek has already appeared with the Chicago Symphony, the London Symphony, the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Mentored by the late Mstislav Rostropovich, Narek was the only cellist invited to tour on behalf of the Rostropovich Foundation, performing under its patronage in Russia, Germany, Austria, France, Great Britain, Greece, Turkey, and Canada. Emerging as one of the most significant cellists on the world stage, Narek has performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia, including concerts at Paris’ Salle Pleyel, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. 

Now entering its 14th season,  Sinfonia Toronto  has toured in Europe twice, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CDs including a JUNO winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its rich repertoire includes the string orchestra music of the 19th and 20th century, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances feature outstanding international artists and some of the most sought-after Canadian musicians.  

Nurhan Arman  is a popular guest conductor in Europe. He has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States. Among the many 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, Belgrade Philharmonic and many others. 

Toronto concert tickets  are $49 adult; $39 senior and $19 student. They can be purchased by phone from  (416) 250-3708  or online at  http://www.tocentre.com/georgeweston/sinfoniatorontogala

Montreal concert tickets and details  can be seen at  http://www.pda.qc.ca/pda-evenement/10883/sinfonia-toronto.en.html

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News release - September 19, 2012 -   for immediate release
SINFONIA TORONTO ENGAGES THREE OUTSTANDING VIOLINISTS

Sinfonia Toronto has just engaged three outstanding violinists to fill 
vacancies for two one-year positions due to leaves of absence and one 
permanent position due to a relocation.

In announcing the winners, Music Director Nurhan Arman commented, "We
were delighted with the overall level of applicants, and especially with
our final results. The three violinists joining the orchestra will bring a
fantastic lustre to our violin sections; they are all brilliant performers".

Violinist Dezso Salasovics, appointed to the first violin section, is a
Fourth and Special Prize winner at the prestigious Carl Flesch
International Violin Competition. A native of Budapest, Hungary Mr.
Salasovics has appeared as soloist with many orchestras and has played with
the Rotterdam Philharmonia and with the Staatsoper Orchestra in Vienna.

Violinist Alex Toskov, joining the second violin section, has performed
as soloist with the Serbian Radio Symphony, served as concertmaster of the
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra in 2006 and  of the Deutsch-Skandinavische
Jugend Philharmonie in 2009. Originally from Serbia, in Canada Mr. Toskov
won the Glenn Gould School's 2011 Chamber Music Competition.

Canadian violinist Tanya Charles, who will step into the first violin
section, studied at the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School.
She has been concertmaster of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and the
National Youth Orchestra. She is a member of the Gould String Quartet,
and regularly performs with many orchestras in Ontario.

Sinfonia Toronto will begin its new season with a Gala
Concert on October 27 in the George Weston Recital Hall featuring 
phenomenal cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan.


News release - September 19, 2012 -  for immediate release

TCHAIKOVSKY GOLD MEDALIST OPENS SINFONIA TORONTO SEASON 

Sinfonia Toronto  will launch its new season with a Gala Concert on Saturday, October 27 in the George Weston Recital Hall in the  Toronto Centre for the Arts . The orchestra’s Music Director  Nurhan Arman  will step onto the podium  at 8 pm to conduct a varied program ranging from Mozart to Khachaturian. 

An instant sensation as he won the Gold Medal in the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition, Narek Hakhnazaryan will perform Haydn’s sparkling Cello Concerto in C Major and also Paganini’s Moses Variations, a virtuoso showpiece which will give his spectacular technique full range. Other works on the program include Arutunian’s brilliant Sinfonietta and Khachaturian’s colourful Masquerade Suite. 

Hailed as a “seasoned phenom” by the Washington Post, Narek has already appeared with the Chicago Symphony, the London Symphony, the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Mentored by the late Mstislav Rostropovich, Narek was the only cellist invited to tour on behalf of the Rostropovich Foundation, performing under its patronage in Russia, Germany, Austria, France, Great Britain, Greece, Turkey, and Canada. Emerging as one of the most significant cellists on the world stage, Narek has performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia, including concerts at Paris’ Salle Pleyel, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.

Now entering its 14th season, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in Europe twice, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CDs including a JUNO winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its rich repertoire includes the string orchestra music of the 19th and 20th century, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances feature outstanding international artists and some of the most sought-after Canadian musicians. 

Nurhan Arman  is a popular guest conductor in Europe. He has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States. Among the many 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, Belgrade Philharmonic and many others. 

Tickets  are $49 adult; $39 senior and $19 student. They can be purchased by phone from (416) 250-3708 or online at http://www.tocentre.com/georgeweston/sinfoniatorontogala

Subscriptions  to the 8-concert Masterpiece Series are $229 adult; $202 senior and $114 student 
at http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com/ or from 416-499-0403 with an additional $10 per subscription for phone orders.

Details at a glance:
Saturday, October 27, 2012; 8 pm George Weston Recital Hall (5040 Yonge Street)
SINFONIA TORONTO / NURHAN ARMAN, Conductor
NAREK HAKHNAZARYAN, Cellist
Program
MOZART Divertimento K 136
HAYDN Cello Concerto in C
PAGANINI Moses Variations 
ARUTUNIAN Sinfonietta
KHACHATURIAN Masquerade Suite
Tickets  $49 adult; $39 senior; $19 student
(416) 250-3708 or http://www.tocentre.com/georgeweston/sinfoniatorontogala
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February 15, 2012
Media release, Toronto - for immediate release

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS NURHAN ARMAN?

Where is  S infonia Toronto’s Music Director  Nurhan Arman  these days ? Jumping continents to appear with four different orchestras in rapid succession. He will be on the podium in Italy with the Filarmonica Italiana next week leading an all-Beethoven program,  part of a Beethoven cycle  taking  place in the historic, 14th-Century University of Pavia in Lombardy. 

One of Italy's prominent orchestras  Filarmonica Italiana is comprised of 120 musicians. It performs both the symphonic and operatic repertoire under conductors like Fabio Luisi and Nello Santi. It has toured in France, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland and has made many recordings of both opera and symphonic works. It regularly tours and records with renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli.

Just after his work with the Filarmonica Italiana Maestro Arman will return to Serbia to conduct the Vojvodina Symphony on March 5 in a program that consists of Franck's Symphony in D Minor and the Dvorak Cello Concerto with CellistLaszlo Fenyoe, winner of the Pablo Casals Competition.

After a stop-over back home in Toronto to direct Sinfonia Toronto in a concert that will include Vivaldi's Four Seasons on March 9 in Glenn Gould Studio, Maestro Arman is off to Europe again for a return engagement in Prague's Smetana Hall with the Nordbohmische Philharmonie. The concert will feature Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 and Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Alexei Tartakovski.

Then it's from the Old World to the New, when he travels to Brazil for Beethoven's 8th Symphony with the Sergipe Philharmonic on April 26, and back to Toronto in time to prepare Sinfonia Toronto's early May concert. 

Nurhan Arman   has conducted throughout the world to great critical acclaim. Earlier this season he led   the Kharkiv Philharmonic and the State Hermitage Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Russia.
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News release -  for immediate release - February 6, 2012

SINFONIA TORONTO ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 SEASON

Toronto - Sinfonia Toronto has just announced its 2012-2013 season, the orchestra's 14th under the artistic direction of conductor Nurhan Arman. Next season the orchestra will again present a 7-concert Masterpiece Series featuring a rich variety of guest artistsAll concerts except the season's opening concert will take place in Glenn Gould Studio. The series will open on October 27 with a special Gala Concert at George Weston Recital Hall featuring the brilliant cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan. Mr. Hakhnazaryan became an instant sensation last June when he won the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. The October 27 concert with Sinfonia Toronto will be Mr. Hakhnazaryan's Canadian debut. 

Other prominent guest soloists to appear in the 2012-2013 season are Canadian pianists Angela Cheng and Dmitri Levkovich, one of the world's great violists Rivka Golani, violinist Alexandre Da Costa, Italian flute virtuoso Mario Carbotta, internationally renowned Canadian clarinetist Julian Milkis, Sinfonia Toronto Concertmaster  Mary-Elizabeth Brown, and Toronto pianist Anastasia Rizikov. The 13-year old piano prodigy Anastasia Rizikov made the headlines when she won the adult level of the Rotary international Competition in Spain at the age of 11. 

In making the announcement Maestro Arman commented "I am thrilled with the combination of fantastic soloists and amazing repertoire that we'll be presenting to Toronto audiences. I particularly want to mention our collaboration with the phenomenal cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, who will also tour to Montreal with us, and the premieres of works by several living composers. I am delighted that we're continuing our Composer-in-Residence program next season with the very distinguished Toronto composer Chan Ka Nin."

Subscriptions to Sinfonia Toronto's 7-concert Masterpiece Series are available online at sinfoniatoronto.com, with special "early-bird" prices of $179 adults; $159 seniors and $89 students. The "early-bird" sales period ends and prices will go up on March 12. 
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News release ~ for immediate release ~ January 26, 2012

VIVALDI FOUR SEASONS AND THE 'PAGANINI OF THE BASS' WITH SINFONIA TORONTO

Sinfonia Toronto’s next Masterpiece Series concert will feature Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and the virtuosic Double Bass Concerto No. 2 by Bottesini performed by orchestra's solo double bassist Calum MacLeod. Korean  violinist Jeonghwan Yoon will star in the Vivaldi masterpiece.

In commenting on the program, Music Director Nurhan Arman states “It is a wonderful opportunity to perform the Bottesini’s Double Bass Concerto No. 2 with a soloist from within the orchestra. This incredibly challenging piece is a treat for the orchestra and audience.”

Music Director, Nurhan Arman will conduct the concert on Friday, March 9 at 8 pm in Glenn Gould Studio. The orchestra will also perform Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No. 15, and Montreal composer Vania Angelova’s Pagan Dances on Burning Coals.

Bassist Calum MacLeod is active as both a classical and jazz double bassist. Calum has been performed with such orchestras as the Oshawa/Durham Symphony Orchestra, Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Niagara, Esprit Orchestra, Talisker Players, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Korean violinist Jeonghwan Yoon has performed with orchestras such as Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. 

On their October 2010 to Spain, Sinfonia Toronto received calls for encores at every performance, and performed an astounding four encores at l’Auditori in Barcelona. The chamber orchestra has been praised for it’s commitment to performing works by Canadian composers. The orchestra’s repertoire includes selections from every stylistic period. Recent recordings include the JUNO winner Flanders Field Reflections, a Marquis Classics (EMI) CD of music by John Burge, and most recently Hollywood Flute, featuring acclaimed flutist Louise DiTullio.

Maestro Arman’s engagements during the 2011-2012 season include concerts with the State Hermitage Orchestra St. Petersburg Camerata, Filarmonica Italiana, Kharkov Philharmonic, Serbia's Vojvodina Symphony, the Sergipe Philharmonic of Brazil and the Czech State Philharmonic in Prague's Smetana Hall. 

Tickets are $40 adult; $32 senior and $12 student. They can be purchased from 416-872-4255 or at http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com

Subscriptions  to the 2012-13 seven-concert Masterpiece Series are on sale at  http://www.sinfoniatoronto.com/ for $179 adult; $159 senior and $89 students. Add $10 for phone orders from 416-499-0403.

Details at a glance:
VIVALDI FOUR SEASONS
Friday, March 9, 2012; 8 pm Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front Street West)
SINFONIA TORONTO / NURHAN ARMAN, Conductor
JEONGHWAN YOON, Violin
CALUM MACLEOD, Bassist

Program
ANGELOVA Pagan Dances, Toronto premieere
BOTTESINI Double Bass Concerto No. 2
VIVALDI The Four Seasons
DVORAK Slavonic Dance No. 15
Tickets $40 adult; $32 senior; $12 student

Radio

Burge: Flanders Fields Reflections
Mendelssohn: Symphony for Strings no 7 in D minor
Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony in A flat major, Op. 118a
Williams: Hook
Barry: Dances with Wolves
Broughton: Triptych
Lau: Joy

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