2015/16 Season Opening: The TSO Welcomes New Musicians
September 22, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 – As the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) opens its 94th season on September 24 at Roy Thomson Hall, TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian proudly introduces four musicians new to the Orchestra:
Catherine Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She moved with her family to the United States at age six and began studying the bassoon at age 14. Ms. Chen received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. Prior to her appointment with the TSO, she was the principal bassoonist with the Harrisburg Symphony and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. Hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “assured and startlingly lyrical,” she has appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Orchestra, and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. She was the winner of the 2012 Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Concerto Competition, a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) YoungArts 2010 finalist and level-two winner, and a prizewinner at the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition. In 2014, Ms. Chen represented the Curtis Institute of Music on a tour of the United States and Costa Rica as part of a wind quintet.
As a successful freelance musician, Canadian violist Ivan Ivanovich has performed with the Canadian Opera Company, National Arts Centre, National Ballet, Esprit, and Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestras. Active as a chamber musician, he has performed many recitals with the Sonora String Quartet under the mentorship of former Orford Quartet violist Terrence Helmer. Mr. Ivanovich studied violin with the late Lorand Fenyves, and viola with Steven Dann at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He also holds a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School in New York, as a scholarship student of Masao Kawasaki.
Canadian-American cellist Britton Riley enjoys a diverse musical career as a performer, teacher, and recording engineer. Formerly Assistant Principal of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Riley has received recognition throughout North America in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (now YoungArts) Awards, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, and the Sphinx and Hellam Competitions. He has performed at music festivals throughout North America and Europe. Mr. Riley holds degrees in Cello Performance and Music Industry from the University of Southern California, and Master of Music and doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan. During his time in Michigan, he performed regularly with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and served as teaching assistant to Richard Aaron. Following his graduation, he was named a Rebanks Fellow at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Bulgarian-born percussionist Georgi Videnov recently graduated with a Masters in Percussion Performance degree from the Yale School of Music, studying with world-renowned marimba virtuoso Prof. Robert van Sice. During his studies there, Mr. Videnov performed at Carnegie’s Zankel and Weill Recital Halls with the Yale Percussion Group and other chamber ensembles from the school, as part of the Yale in New York Concert Series. Shortly after completing his Bachelor’s degree at the Peabody Conservatory, he was appointed as a Timpanist/Percussionist of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan for their 2012–13 season. Mr. Videnov began playing percussion at the age of six and has been a laureate in a number of international competitions—both as a soloist and as a member of a chamber ensemble. Mr. Videnov is a Young Artist endorser for Vic Firth.
The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The TSO Season Patron is The Renette and David Berman Family Foundation.
About the TSO: Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s most important cultural institutions, recognized internationally as an outstanding orchestra. Music Director Peter Oundjian leads the TSO with a commitment to innovative programming and audience development through a broad range of performances that showcase the exceptional talents of the Orchestra along with a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. The TSO also serves the larger community with TSOUNDCHECK, the original under-35 ticket program; the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra; and music-education programs that reach over 50,000 students each year.
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