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The Folks Behind It All
Nurhan Arman | Music Director
Margaret Chasins | Director of Operations
Acclaimed as “a world-class orchestra” (Russelsheimer Echo, Germany), Sinfonia Toronto is one of Canada’s finest chamber orchestras. The orchestra performs its Masterpiece Series downtown at Glenn Gould Studio and in George Weston Recital Hall at the Meridian Arts Centre in North York. Sinfonia Toronto appears annually on the Barrie Concert Series and the Algoma Conservatory Concert Series in Sault Ste-Marie, performs in other Ontario cities, and inspires Toronto students each year with its interactive ‘Concerts under Construction’ in-school program.
Sinfonia Toronto consists of thirteen virtuoso strings. They perform standing, in the tradition of great European chamber orchestras, blending each musician’s soloistic energy and passion into a brilliant ensemble style under Nurhan Arman’s inspired direction.
The orchestra’s repertoire includes all the major compositions for string orchestra from the Baroque through Classical, Romantic and 20th-Century works. Sinfonia Toronto has premiered many new works and has been praised by the Canada Council for its commitment to performing music by Canadian composers.
Sinfonia Toronto’s German tour generated headlines like ‘’Sinfonia Toronto Inspires,’’ and ‘’Sinfonia Toronto Thrilled the Audience.’’ Their two-week tour of Spain was greeted with calls for encores at each performance, including a record-setting four encores demanded by the audience in Barcelona. The Musical Journal in Buenos Aires hailed their Mozart and Dvorak as “definitive performances” during the orchestra’s 2018 tour of Peru, Argentina and Uruguay. The orchestra’s three-week tour of China in September-October 2019 took them from the southern city of Foshan all the way to Harbin in the north, and included two masterclass/demonstration/Q&A sessions for conservatory students in addition to their concert programs of Chinese, Canadian and European-classical works.
Sinfonia Toronto’s CD of music by Mendelssohn, Khachaturian and Shostakovich is frequently broadcast on Classical 96.3 and other classical stations. Their world premiere of the rediscovered Bach aria ‘Alles Mit Gott’ is available on iTunes. Flanders Fields Reflections, their Marquis Classics CD of music by John Burge, won the 2009 JUNO for Best Recording of a New Classical Work. Their CD’s Hollywood Flute and Premieres were both recorded by Cambria and are distributed by Naxos.