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Founded in 2014, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra Chamber Soloists came together with the mission to create programming featuring a diverse and varied range of instruments. Acclaimed as an ensemble of distinguished virtuosi, The TSO Chamber Soloists’ unique combination of winds, strings, keyboard, and percussion gives it the flexibility to present a wide range of unusual and infrequently performed repertoire, along with some of the best-loved works in the chamber music literature.

Comprising principal players from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The TSO Chamber Soloists have already performed around the world, from Roy Thomson Hall to the iconic Harpa Hall in Iceland, with such distinguished guest artists as Emanuel Ax, James Ehnes, Barbara Hannigan, and John Storgårds. Curated by TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow, The TSO Chamber Soloists seek to bring audiences closer to the musicians of the Orchestra—personally and musically. As the chamber ensemble could be seen as a microcosm of the symphony orchestra, the intimate nature of chamber music invites the audience to a close encounter with the distinct personalities and talents of the TSO’s individual musicians, while the works performed offer a different perspective into a particular composer’s craft.

The TSO Chamber Soloists perform inside the Roy Thomson Hall auditorium. Admission is included in the price of your TSO concert ticket for the scheduled performance. Seating is limited, and latecomers will not be admitted after the performance start time.

In mid-March 2022, we will be in touch with more information, including how patrons may reserve their seat for the desired Chamber Soloists performance.

Programs are subject to change.

2021/22 Season

Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 6:45pm

Oundjian Conducts Brahms

Joaquin Valdepeñas, clarinet
Jonathan Crow, violin
Eri Kosaka, violin
Alejandro Valdepeñas, viola
Josué Valdepeñas, cello

John Corigliano: Soliloquy for Clarinet and String Quartet
Arturo Márquez: Suite Arbórea (World Premiere/TSO Commission)

Joaquin Valdepeñas’s appearance is generously supported by Sheryl L. & David W. Kerr

Travel support for Arturo Márquez provided by the Consulate of Mexico in Toronto

Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 1:45 pm

Gimeno + Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”

Kelly Zimba Lukić, flute
Barbara Assiginaak, pipigwan
Eri Kosaka, violin
Clare Elena Semes, violin
Michael Casimir, viola
Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron, cello

Barbara Assiginaak: Lullaby for Pipigwan and String Quartet
Mozart: Flute Quartet No. 3, K. 285b

The TSO Chamber Soloists performance on June 19 is in memory of Dr. William R. Waters, CM

Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 6:45 pm

Ehnes Plays Beethoven

James Ehnes, violin
Jonathan Crow, violin
Rémi Pelletier, viola
Theresa Rudolph, viola
Joseph Johnson, cello

Beethoven: String Quintet “Storm”

The TSO Chamber Soloists performance on April 7 is generously supported by Thomas H. Beechy & Brian McBurney

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 6:45 pm

Gimeno + Dvořák’s “New World”

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 6:45 pm

Miles Jaques, clarinet
Michael Sweeney, bassoon
Andrew McCandless, trumpet
Heidi Bearcroft, harp
Rachael Kerr, piano
Jonathan Crow, violin
Shane Kim, violin
Joseph Johnson, cello

Schafer: Wild Bird for Violin and Harp
Martinu: La revue de cuisine

Friday, May 27, 2022 at 6:15 pm

Trifonov Plays “Emperor”

Jamie Groote, soprano
Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano
Eric Abramovitz, clarinet
Rachael Kerr, piano 

Schubert: The Shepherd on the Rock
Samy Moussa/text by Michelangelo: Frammenti dolorosi et amorosi: Eight Songs for Voice and Piano 

Eric Abramovitz’s appearance is generously supported by Jonathan Krehm in honour of Abe Galper