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Acclaimed as “a world-class ensemble” (Russelsheimer Echo, Germany), Sinfonia Toronto is one of Canada’s finest chamber orchestras. The orchestra performs its Masterpiece Series in two of Toronto’s finest concert halls. It presents its concerts at  CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio, where many of its concerts have been recorded for national broadcast and in the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The orchestra has recorded for its own label, Marquis Classics EMI, Cambria and Analekta on iTunes. 

 

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


Sinfonia Toronto is 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 96.3 and other classical stations. Their 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, with flutist Louise DiTullio, a new CD titled Premieres featuring violinist Conrad Chow are on Cambria label distributed by Naxos. 


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, with a thrilling four encores demanded by the audience at the renowned l’Auditori in Barcelona. 


Sinfonia Toronto has collaborated with outstanding soloists of national and international reputation. Among those guest artists sharing the stage with Maestro Arman and Sinfonia Toronto are pianists Andre Laplante, Janina Fialkowska, Richard Raymond, Jane Coop, Robert Silverman and Francine Kay; violinists Lara St. John, Dmitri Berlinsky, Corey Cerovsek, Erika Raum, Scott St. John, Jasper Wood and Judy Kang; cellist Shauna Rolston and Narek Hakhnazaryan, clarinetist Julian Milkis; sopranos Nathalie Paulin and Aline Kutan.


Sinfonia Toronto’s performances have been acclaimed by critics in and outside Toronto. The Toronto Star writes of "a remarkable range of colour," "ample eloquence" and "gripping authority." The Barrie Advance headlined "A Treasured Experience" and described a performance ranging from "tender longing" to "gusto." The Toronto Star, again, praised Grieg’s Holberg Suite and the Dvorak Serenade, "both of which Arman led in an affectionate, unhurried manner, with an appreciation of their singing qualities," while La Scena Musicale declared, "Nurhan Arman and his orchestra literally conquered us."


Sinfonia Toronto is the Orchestra-in-Residence of the Colours of Music Festival in Barrie, Ontario and it regularly performs in many Ontario cities. 


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