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Frank Peter Zimmerman sitting holding their violin

Tchaikovsky + Brahms

Fri, May 10–Sat, May 11, 2024 Roy Thomson Hall

One of the foremost violinists of his generation, Frank Peter Zimmermann performs Brahms’s spellbinding Violin Concerto in a virtuosic display of soaring cadenzas and lyrical, intimate dialogue with the Orchestra. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, performed side by side with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, takes on an alternatively menacing theme–surrendering to Fate. His tumultuous personal life, resulting breakdown, and composer’s block are all reflected in the movements, from sweet yearning, to despair, to the crashing inescapability of one’s destiny. Adding to the excitement are two World Premières commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from NexGen Composers Julia Mermelstein and Christina Volpini.


Julia Mermelstein

New Work by NextGen Composer (May 10)

World Première/TSO Commission

Christina Volpini

New Work by NextGen Composer (May 11)

World Première/TSO Commission


Violin Concerto



Symphony No. 4

Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra performs side by side with the TSO

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Gustavo Gimeno


Frank Peter Zimmermann


Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra

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