Schumann's Sweeping Piano Concerto
January 28, 2017, 7:30pm - Hi-Way Pentecostal Church
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.
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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.
The exceptional Armenian pianist Kariné Poghosyan has been praised for her ability to get to the heart of the works she performs. She made her orchestral debut at 14 playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1, and her solo Carnegie Hall debut at 23, and has since gone on to win numerous awards as well as perform in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls.
An avid musician who has been described as “extraordinary” and “larger than life,” Kariné Poghosyan has performed in recitals at Carnegie’s Well Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, the Trinity Church Concerts at One series, the Beverly Hills Sundays at Two series, the Valley Committee for the LA Philharmonic, the Bach’s Lunch Recital Series in California, the Young Artists International Peninsula Festival in California, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York. In the fall of 2007, she organized and performed a three-recital concert series at the Yamaha Piano Salon titled Twentieth Century Piano Sonata. She also helped organize the “Requiem and Resurrection” concert in commemoration of the 95th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide at the Saint Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York, where her performance of the Piano Sonata by Khachaturian received a standing ovation and was described as “jaw-dropping.” The Armenian Mirror Spectator wrote, "The three-movement Khachaturian Sonata—a rarely performed composition—is a real tour-de-force for the virtuoso pianist. Technically pristine, Ms. Poghosyan brought out the driven qualities of the outer movements, and the heart-rending beauty of the middle section.”
Ms. Poghosyan has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the New West Symphony, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Orchestra, Musica Bella Symphony Orchestra, the CSUN Symphony, and the Kokolo Ensemble, and the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, whose music director Dr. Choe described Ms. Poghosyan as “an audience magnet” and “a born performer.”
She has participated in the master classes of distinguished artists such as Alicia de Larrocha, Claude Franck, Jon O’Connor, and Jerome Rose.
Ms. Poghosyan is the winner of the New West Symphony Discovery Artists Competition, the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, CSUN Symphony Concerto Competition, Artists International Auditions and was a top prize winner in the Los Angeles International Liszt Piano Competition, Five Towns Music and Arts Competition, and the Arno Babajanian Piano Competition. Ms. Poghosyan is also the recipient of scholarships from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Glendale Symphony Orchestra, the Armenian Students Association of America, AGBU, and the Jacob and Bronislaw Gimpel Foundation, and Manhattan School of Music.
Ms. Poghosyan’s music studies began in her native Yerevan Armenia in School of the Arts, No. 1, and later in Romanos Melikian College as well as Komitas State Conservatory. Her teachers in Armenia included Irina Gazarian, Vatche Umr-Shat, and Svetlana Dadyan. After moving to the United States in 1998, she received her BM, summa cum laude, from California State University in Northridge, under Professor Françoise Regnat, and her MM and D.M.A. degrees at the Manhattan School of Music, under Dr. Arkady Aronov, completing her D.M.A. in record-breaking two years with thesis on Aram Khachaturian for Piano. Ms. Poghosyan is currently based in New York, where she teaches at her alma mater Manhattan School of Music.
In the last season, Ms. Poghosyan made her debut in performances in Vienna, Washington, DC, and Chicago. She also debuted in Toronto, Canada, where she gave the Canadian premiere of Alan Hovhannes’s Piano Concerto “Lousadzak” with Toronto Sinfonia and Maestro Nurhan Arman. Upcoming performances include a solo Program at the DiMenna Center, in New York on May 22, as well as a recital in the beloved Norton Concert Series in Illinois on October 16.
Ms. Poghosyan’s solo CD of Aram Khachaturian’s piano works and ballet transcriptions was released 2015, on NAXOS label.
Please like Ms. Poghosyan’s Facebook page – Kariné Poghosyan, Pianist – for more detailed concert schedule and updates.