But bigger is not necessarily better, as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and music director Peter Oundjian demonstrated during a last round of musical fireworks before the close of the organization’s 90th season.
In a statement, Mr. Melanson said, “It is an honour to be asked to serve this wonderful organization in the role of President and CEO. I look forward to working with the musicians, staff, Peter and the board to take the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to an international leadership position. I am confident that the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is poised for great things and I am looking forward to a period of renewal, collaboration and creativity ahead.”
Usually this sort of declaration would come across as pretentious, arrogant or presumptuous. But Maimets is so earnest and modest in how he explains himself that one can’t help but respect his point of view.
The buzz from the audience, made up of a large percentage of repeat visitors to this triennial competition, was that this had been one of the musically most impressive competitions in recent memory. And the finalists didn’t disappoint.
Despite what this trio’s name might suggest, pianist David Jalbert, violinist Jasper Wood and cellist Yegor Dyachkov excel in fine nuance, not noise. Nor are they noisy self-promoters: People who love going to hear chamber music at summer festivals have likely tripped across this threesome, but they’ve otherwise kept a low profile — perhaps because each member is a soloist in his own right, as well as being a teacher.