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Sinfonia Toronto performs its Masterpiece Series of concerts in the acoustical splendor of the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. The orchestra travels to other Ontario centres for performances on regional concert series, and has joined Canada’s leading choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers, for several oratorio performances. In addition to its Masterpiece Series Sinfonia Toronto performs a number of community outreach concerts.
Sinfonia Toronto’s first international tour in Germany in the fall of 2008 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 4 encores demanded by the audience at the renowned l’Auditori in Barcelona.
Sinfonia Toronto’s Masterpiece Series concerts have been broadcast nationwide on various programs of CBC Radio Two.
The core of Sinfonia Toronto consists of thirteen virtuoso strings. They perform standing, in the tradition of great chamber orchestras, blending each musician’s soloistic energy and passion into a brilliant ensemble style under Maestro Arman’s inspired direction. A roster of Toronto’s finest woodwinds, brass and percussion joins the strings for programs drawn from the full range of chamber orchestra repertoire. 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 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, clarinetist Julian Milkis; sopranos Nathalie Paulin and Aline Kutan.
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