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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Laurence Kayaleh (concerts)


Sundays@3 - Royal York Road United Church presents the INAUGURAL CONCERT of the SERIES

Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 3 PM / Royal York Road United Church, Toronto
851 Royal York Road is located 3 blocks south of Bloor at Glenroy
Call 416-231-9401 or online at

Featuring Grieg Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Laurence Kayaleh, violin
Midori Koga, piano

"Suddenly a mist fell from my eyes and I knew the way I had to take." Edvard Grieg

Toronto, ON. October 2, 2009: One of the great Canadian International Concert Violinists, Laurence Kayaleh teams up with pianist Midori Koga at Royal York Road United Church, 851 Royal York Road (3 blocks south of Bloor at Glenroy) for only one Toronto performance on Sunday, November 15 at 3 PM. Laurence Kayaleh, Professor at the "Université de Montréal" has been described as "an exceptional violinist of deep musical insight, whose rich, singing tone and feeling for style set her apart from the ranks of today’s virtuoso artists." Ms. Kayaleh has performed as soloist at the Bolchoï Hall and at the Tchaïkovsky Hall in Moscow, with the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhaïl Pletnev, at the Pleyel Hall in Paris with the Lamoureux Symphony Orchestra under Gregorsz Novak sharing the concert with violinist Igor Oïstrakh, at the Lied Center in Lincoln, at the Arts Center in Osaka and at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Her American career rewarded her with standing ovations wherever she performed: at the Blossom Festival with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, at the Kennedy Center with Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, who described her as a "unique musician", and at the Powell Hall with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. She performs on a beautiful Guarnerius built in 1742, which belonged to the famous violinist and pedagogue, Carl Flesch.

With performances described as “passionate” (Ann Arbor News) and “terrific” (St. Petersburg Times), pianist Midori Koga has been featured as soloist and chamber musician throughout the world, including appearances at the American New Arts Festival, the Al Fresno New Music Festival, the ProMozart Society of Detroit, the World Saxophone Congress in Valencia Spain, and the International Computer Music Festival. Chamber music collaborations include those with the internationally acclaimed percussion ensemble NEXUS, Soundstreams Ensemble, with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, (TSO), Toronto Wind Quintet, and with pianist Lydia Wong in the piano duo 2X10. In addition, she has performed with the Esprit Orchestra, and the TSO in their New Creations Festival. She has been featured on commercial recordings. Midori Koga, currently serves as Associate Professor of Piano and Director of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Toronto.

Laurence Kayaleh and Midori Koga will perform two of Edvard Grieg's beautiful violin sonatas - the Sonata in F Major op. 8 and the C Minor op. 45. In 1900 Edvard Grieg related that he thought his violin sonatas were among his best works.... ‘the first naïve, rich in ideas, ....and the third with a wider horizon’. The third Sonata is a masterpiece and was thought to be inspired by the playing of a beautiful female violinist who came to visit Grieg from Italy. Rounding out the program will be two famous piano works for four hands, Mozart's famous D Major Piano Sonata and Debussy's Petite Suite' played by Midori Koga and Jennifer Yu.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at noon / University of Guelph

Featuring Grieg Sonatas for Violin and Piano 
Laurence Kayaleh, violin 
Midori Koga, piano


November 21, 2009 at 3 PM - St Clement's Church, VERDUN (across from the De l'Eglise metro station)
Featuring works for violin, voice, piano solo and 2 pianos by Brahms

Brahms Sonatensatz (Scherzo from the F.A.E. Sonata)
Brahms Sonata no. 3 in D minor op. 108
Laurence Kayaleh, violin
Paul Stewart, piano



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