Recent “graduates” of the competition include soprano Jenavieve Moore, who recently made her BBC début and is now singing on concert stages in Europe. Pianist Annie Zhou has gone on to perform with the Montreal, Minnesota, and Toronto Symphonies.
Last night, controversial pianist Valentina Lisitsa, who has been excluded from performing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra over a series of Tweets, stated that she will be giving a free concert in Toronto Friday night at Lawrence Park Community Church, North York, ON.
The Canadian Opera Company today added the orchestra to its multi-faceted efforts to connect budding musicians with professional possibilities by launching the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Academy.
In the first four hours, including intermission, he presented the first 11, as well as two more sonatas the composer had not originally intended for publication. That’s a lot of notes filling more than twice the length of the usual solo-piano recital.
This is Anderszewski’s first visit to the Telus Centre and his first return to Toronto since a Music Toronto début nearly 10 years ago. He is a compelling, slightly lonely figure who puts his own stamp on everything he plays.
With the help of the building’s warm and generous acoustics, eight musicians presented a compelling, impeccably played programme of Romantic music featuring Felix Mendelssohn’s much-loved Op. 20 Octet — composed in 1825, when he was 16 — and the String Sextet No. 2, O;. 50, by German composer Eduard Franck (1817-1893) at Rosedale United Church on Friday night.
The chamber group makes its first visit to the Toronto area with its new first violinist on Wednesday, March 28, at the Markham Theatre. They bring with them a textbook programme of three pieces: The G Major quartet, Op. 54, No. 1, by Joseph Haydn; Ludwig van Beethoven’s Op. 130 quartet in B-flat, complete with its original Grosse Fuge ending; and Quartet No. 5 by late Bostonian modernist Donald Martino.