Barrie Concerts & Georgian Music


Mendelssohn’s captivating Second Piano Concerto

January 26, 2019, 7:30pm -Hiway Pentecostal Church

performs Mendelssohn’s captivating  Second Piano Concerto

Sinfonia Toronto

Sinfonia Toronto

Acclaimed as “A World-Class Ensemble” (headline, Russelsheimer Echo, Germany), Sinfonia Toronto is one of Canada’s finest chamber orchestras. The orchestra performs its Masterpiece Series in two of Toronto’s favourite concert halls, Glenn Gould Studio - where many of its concerts have been recorded for national broadcast - and the George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Sinfonia Toronto consists of thirteen string virtuosos. 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 Baroque through classical, romantic and 20th-Century works. Sinfonia Toronto has premiered many new works, and has been recognized by the Canada Council for its commitment to performing music by Canadian composers.

Sinfonia Toronto’s first international tour in 2008 in Germany was a resounding success, resulting in reviews with headlines such as ‘’A World-Class Ensemble,’’ ‘’Sinfonia Toronto Inspires,’’ and ‘’Sinfonia Toronto Thrilled the Audience.’’ The orchestra’s two-week tour of Spain in October 2010 was greeted with calls for encores at each performance, including the thrilling four encores demanded by the audience in Barcelona.

Sinfonia Toronto is Orchestra-in-Residence of the Colours of Music Festival in Barrie, performs regularly in many other Ontario cities, and last season received several standing ovations during its Quebec debut at Montreal’s Place des Arts.

Music Director Nurhan Arman brings a wealth of international experience to the Sinfonia Toronto podium. He has appeared in Armenia, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Ukraine, Turkey and throughout the United States and Canada.

Sinfonia Toronto’s many recordings are heard across Canada and beyond in a wide range of styles. Its CD of music by Mendelssohn, Khachaturian and Shostakovich is broadcast frequently on classical radio stations throughout Canada. The orchestra’s world premiere of the rediscovered Bach aria ‘Alles Mit Gott’ was recorded by Analekta and released on iTunes. The title work on the orchestra’s Marquis Classics CD of music by Canadian composer John Burge, Flanders Fields Reflections, won the 2009 JUNO Award for Best Recording of a New Classical Work. The Hollywood Flute CD, and the orchestra’s most recent CD, Premieres, were both been released by Cambria and are distributed by Naxos.

For booking inquiries please contact Margaret Chasins at sinfoniatoronto@gmail.com

Nurhan Arman – Conductor, Sinfonia Toronto

Nurhan Arman

During the 2013-14 season Nurhan Arman will perform frequently in Europe. He will conduct two programs in Berlin with the Europa Kammerphilharmonie and will direct the Orchester des Nordharzer in world premieres at the Impuls New Music Festival. In Italy he will conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari and at the Tuscany Festival. He will also lead Poland’s famed Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, and the Filarmonica Brasov in Romania.

Maestro Arman has brought capacity crowds to their feet on three continents. Critics on both sides of the Atlantic have been unanimous in their praise. Pravda hailed Maestro Arman as a "fascinating and striking musical personality," while Prague’s Broadcast Review reported "a spirited and nobly rounded performance." Born to Armenian parents in Istanbul, he played his first violin recital at the age of 13. After arriving in the United States on a Disney Foundation scholarship, he concertized from coast to coast, appearing in major US cities and music festivals in Tanglewood, Spoleto, New York and Florida. After several seasons as a concertmaster, he began the conducting career that has taken him around the world.

In 1982 Nurhan Arman moved to Canada to accept the post of Music Director of the North Bay Symphony and the Northern Music Festival. In 1987 he was named Music Director of Symphony New Brunswick, which he swiftly built into a major regional resource. In 1993 Maestro Arman was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Yerevan Symphony in Armenia. In 1998 Maestro Arman founded Sinfonia Toronto, now considered one of Canada’s finest chamber orchestras.

He has recorded for PBS, CBC Radio, First Edition Records, Educo Records, Radio Moscow, Polish Broadcasting, Czech Radio, KBS of Korea, TRT of Turkey, Lithuanian TV, Slovenian Radio and TV and Armenian Radio and TV. Maestro Arman has served as an adjudicator for the International Fitelberg Conducting Competition in Poland, the Canada Council Conducting Competition and the Heinz Unger Competition. He has taught conducting at New York's Brockport Festival, at the Florida Festival and in Canada at the Northern Music Festival, Orford and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Among many orchestras conducted by Nurhan Arman are the Moscow Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, Filarmonica Italiana, State Hermitage Orchestra St. Petersburg Camerata, Kharkov Philharmonic, Nordbohmische Philharmonie, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra of Mexico City, Florence Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Orchestra Sinfonica di Lecce, Orchestra Extremadura, Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Hungarian Philharmonic, Lithuanian Philharmonic, Volgograd Symphony, l'Orchestre Regional d'Ile de France, Bohemian Festival Orchestra, Pilsen Radio Symphony, Silesian State Philharmonic, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Armenian Philharmonic, Bucharest Philharmonic, Brasov Philharmonic, Filarmonica Moldova, Filarmonica Sibiu, Slovak Philharmonic Kosice, Orquesta da Camaro Amazonas, the Deutsches Kammerorchester in Frankfurt and at the Ljubljana Summer Music Festival, Karlsbad Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Grand Orchestre de l'Harmonie in Brussels, Pusan Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, Saskatoon Symphony and many others.

Sofya Melikyan, piano

Sofya Melikyan

Hailed for her “magnificent singing line and an exquisite artistic sensibility”, Armenian-born pianist Sofya Melikyan is recognized as an artist with a unique voice, who combines “high-wire virtuosity” with “deep musical intuition and ability to connect with the audience” (Mundoclasico). To date, Ms. Melikyan toured throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia with performances at such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Belgrade Philharmonic Hall, Armenian Philharmonic Hall, Jordan Hall in Boston, Salle Cortot in Paris, among many others. She appeared as a soloist with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Cordoba Symphony Orchestra, Valencia Symphony Orchestra, New Europe Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Andalucía, Spanish National Orchestra.

Ms. Melikyan's performances have been broadcast by the National Radio and Television of Spain, National Radio and Television of Armenia, National Radio of Catalonia, Melbourne ABC Classic FM Radio Station, Chicago WFMT Radio station, Mezzo French Television Station, New York WXQR Radio Station. She has also released two CDs featuring music of Haydn, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Albeniz, Dutilleux and Khachaturian.

Sofya Melikyan has been awarded First Prize and a Prize for outstanding Music Talent at the Marisa Montiel International Piano Competition in Linares, First Prize at the Ibiza International Piano Competition in Spain, First Prize for Music Interpretation awarded by “Amigos del Colegio de España” Association in Paris. She was also a winner of “Artists International” Competition in New York and received top and special prizes at the José Iturbi and Maria Canals International Competitions in Spain. As a member of New York based Sima Trio, she was a Gold Medal winner at the New England International Chamber Music Competition in Boston and 2nd Prize winner at J.C. Arriaga International Chamber Music Competition in Stamford, USA.

Recent performance highlights include recitals at Izumi Hall in Osaka, Japan, Bulgaria Concert Hall in Sofia, “Return” Festival in Yerevan, Armenia, Guangzhou Opera House in China, Juan March Foundation in Madrid, Spain (live broadcast on Spanish National Radio), Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago (live broadcast on WFMT radio station), as well as appearances at Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit, Schloss Wonfurt Musikfest in Germany and Joaquin Turina International Chamber Music Festival in Seville, Spain.

Sofya Melikyan completed her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid with Joaquin Soriano (graduated with Honors), Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris with Ramzi Yassa and Manhattan School of Music in New York with Solomon Mikowsky. Other pianists who have mentored her are Brigitte Engerer and Galina Eguiazarova.

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