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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fireworks! Bravura Show-Stoppers at Sinfonia Toronto

Sinfonia Toronto’s April 9th ‘Favourite Fireworks’ Masterpiece Series concert is a light-hearted mix of violin and piano pyrotechnics. The concert features Sinfonia Toronto’s Composer-in-Residence Heather Schmidt as pianist, playing her own brilliant new concerto and some favourite showpieces with Sinfonia Toronto violinist Xiaohan Guo. Orchestra’s Music Director Nurhan Arman will conduct.

Composer Heather Schmidt lives a busy dual life as a sought-after concert pianist and a prolific composer of concert music and film scores.  She has been nominated for the Juno Award for Classical Composition of the Year, won the Julliard Composers’ Competition, two SOCAN Composer’s Competitions and 3 consecutive BMI Awards. In the past decade, Dr. Schmidt has received over forty commissions and recorded for NAXOS and CBC Records. At this concert Ms. Schmidt will give the Toronto premiere of her Piano Concerto No. 6.

Born in China, Violinist Xiaohan Guo began her studies at the age of six and enrolled at the Shenyang Conservatory at 13. She won the 2001 Mozart Violin Concerto Competition, and as a member of the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra she performed with outstanding musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Seiji Ozawa and Mstislav Rostropovich. She arrived in Canada in 2004 to study with Eleonora Turovsky at the Université de Montreal and has been a first violinist with Sinfonia Toronto since 2008.

Sinfonia Toronto is comprised of thirteen virtuoso string players, and is “a world-class ensemble” according to Germany’s Russelsheimer Echo. They perform standing, in the tradition of great chamber orchestras, under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Nurhan Arman. The Toronto Star writes of "a remarkable range of colour," "ample eloquence" and "gripping authority," while La Scena Musicale declared "Nurhan Arman and his orchestra literally conquered us."  Their most recent CD, Flanders Fields Reflections won the 2009 Juno Award as ‘Best recording of a Canadian Classical Composition’. The CD features music of John Burge.

The programme for the evening includes Mozart’s Divertimento K 138, Saint-Saens’ Caprice, Franz Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy, Astor Piazzolla’s Four for Tango and Shostakovich’s Prelude and Scherzo.

Tickets for this concert are $12 - $40 and are available through the Roy Thomson Hall box office at, 416-872-4255. Visit for more information.

Details at a glance
Apr 9, 2010, 8 pm
Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front St. W)
XIAOHAN GUO, Violinist
Suggested headline
Fireworks! Bravura show-stoppers at Sinfonia Toronto
ProgrammeMOZART Divertimento K 138
WAXMAN Carmen Fantasy
SCHMIDT Piano Concerto No. 6  - Toronto Premiere!
PIAZZOLLA Four for Tango
SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Scherzo

Tickets: Roy Thomson Hall Box Office 416-872-4255
$12 students; $32 seniors and $40 adults


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