Saturday, September 28, 2024, 8 pm, George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge Street 

MOZART & MASQUERADE

The Stars Align

Brilliant violinist Conrad Chow plays Bach, three young competition winners 

play Mozart and the orchestra soars through a dazzling ballet suite

SINFONIA TORONTO ~ NURHAN ARMAN Conductor

CONRAD CHOW Violinist

VICTORIA ZENG, ANISSA SHE, JONATHAN WANG Pianists

Program 

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 12 

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 

BACH Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Major 

KHACHATURIAN Masquerade

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BIOGRAPHIES

Conrad Chow, Violinist  Whether he is performing at The Mozarteum in Salzburg, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall in New York, or Qingdao Hall in Shandong, China, Canadian violinist Conrad Chow is at ease performing music of many different centuries, continents, and styles. A communicator, he delights in forging strong connections with his audiences: Critics have described him as a “world-class talent” [Escarpment Views] who performs with “intense passion … leaving the audience deeply intoxicated and spellbound” [Changshu Radio].

The release of his debut CD, PREMIERES (Cambria CD-1204) in June 2012 attracted immediate attention from the media, garnering superlative reviews and public praise. The album, featuring premiere recordings of music by Bruce Broughton - the renowned OSCAR® Nominee, Emmy® Award-winning L.A. film composer - and works by Canadian composers Ronald Royer and Kevin Lau, reached the top of the Canadian Classical Music Charts (Nielsen SoundScan), just two weeks after it was released.

“Chow shows off a nice balance between technique and musicality in a program that alternates between fireworks and sweet expressiveness.” – The Toronto Star

“Conrad Chow is a voice of distinction, impeccable in technique and a most vivid painter of tone. He has a glorious sound and handles each of these works as if he was born to them.” – Gapplegate Music Review

Conrad Chow is in demand as a performer as well as an educator. An active chamber musician, he has perfected his craft with the Grammy® Award-winning Emerson String Quartet. Recent seasons have included a recital at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, and regular appearances with the prestigious iPalpiti Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles, in addition to performances and teaching engagements at the Summit Summer Music Festival in New York; Shandong College of Arts in Jinan, China; Seattle University; and Eilat Chamber Music Festival in Israel. During a recent six-concert tour of China, he performed the beloved Butterfly Lovers Concerto with the Ontario Festival Symphony Orchestra.

Conrad Chow earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at 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 under noted violinists Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, and Philip Setzer. He pursued post-doctoral work with Eduard Schmieder at Temple University in Philadelphia. He was Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and currently teaches on the faculty of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists, at the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music and is also Visiting Professor of Violin at the University of Jinan, College of Music in Shandong, China. He has appeared on the juries of various national and international competitions, including most recently at the 16th Remember Enescu International Violin Competition, in Romania. Conrad Chow performs on a 1933 Gaetano Pollastri violin.

Sinfonia Toronto now in its 26th season, has toured twice in Europe, in the US, South America and China, 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.

Maestro Nurhan Arman has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the US, 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, Arpeggione Kammerorchester, Milano Classica and Belgrade Philharmonic.


Sinfonia Toronto respectfully acknowledges that we work in the Treaty Lands and Territory 

of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat 

and Haudenosaunee peoples