December 11, 2015, 8:00 PM
MARTA MAGDALENA LELEK Violinist
One of Poland’s foremost violinists makes
her Canadian debut in a glorious work
PANUFNIK Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN Sinfonia op. 18a, No. 2
Tickets: $42 adult; $35 senior; $15 student; $19 arts/non-profit workers
Sinfonia Toronto’s concert on Friday, December 11, at 8 pm in Glenn Gould Studio will feature one of Poland’s foremost violinists Marta Magdalena Lelek. Ms. Lelek will be heard in Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik’s Violin Concerto, originally commissioned, premiered and recorded by Yehudi Menuhin. Music Director Nurhan Arman will conduct a program that includes Elgar’s Serenade and Beethoven’s Sinfonia his String Quartet No.2, arranged especially for this performance by Nurhan Arman.
Marta Magdalene Lelek has been described by reviewers as “stunning listeners with breathtaking technique,” “intense,” and “thrilling the audience with the most beautiful sound.” She began her studies at the age of nine at the Academy of Music in Katowice and continued her studies in London at the Guildhall School of Music. Ms. Lelek performs extensively as a soloist with major symphony and chamber orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America.
Her rich repertoire includes violin concertos by Benjamin Britten, William Walton, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Alban Berg, Igor Stravinsky, Samuel Barber, Ferrucio Busoni, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Carl Nielsen, Yevgen Stankovych, Andrzej Panufnik and David Tukici. Composer Karl Fiorini has written his Violin Concerto No. 2 for Ms. Lelek. She has recorded it for the Naxos label.
Nurhan Arman has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States, returning regularly to many orchestras in Europe. Among the orchestras Maestro Arman has conducted are the Moscow Philharmonic, Deutsches Kammerorchester Frankfurt, Filarmonica Italiana, St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, Orchestre Regional d’Ile de France, Hungarian Symphony, Milano Classica and Belgrade Philharmonic. During the 2014-15 season he will conduct in Italy, Austria, Poland and Mexico.
Now in its 17th season, Sinfonia Toronto has toured in United States and twice in Europe, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s, including a JUNO Award winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its extensive repertoire includes all the major string orchestra works of the 18th through 21st centuries, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances present outstanding international guest artists and prominent Canadian musicians.