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CHOPIN & DVORAK Virtual Concert

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Brilliant pianist Kevin Ahfat joins Sinfonia Toronto for Chopin's romantic Piano Concerto #2 and Nurhan Arman conducts a Dvorak masterpiece

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SINFONIA TORONTO

NURHAN ARMAN Conductor

KEVIN AHFAT Pianist

Program

CHOPIN Piano Concerto no. 2

VANIA ANGELOVA Polyphonic Miniatures world premiere

DVORAK Sinfonia Op. 105a


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Canadian-born pianist Kevin Ahfat is acclaimed to be “poised to become one of the young heirs of the classical piano realm, with a bold, boundary-pushing, millennial style matched by refined execution” (Vanguard Seattle). Possessing “a balanced mix of expressiveness and virtuosity” (Musical America), he “summons plenty of thunderpower in the big moments, but clearly values musicianship over mere showmanship” (American Record Guide). Ahfat was named one of CBC Music’s 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30 in 2018 and subsequently released a live recording of Brahms from CBC’s Studio 211. Recently, he was awarded the Second Prize, Prize for Best Performance of the Canadian Work, and the Orford Musique Prize at the 79th Orchestre symphonique de Montréal / Manuvie Competition in Montreal.

Highlights of recent seasons include a return to the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall for its first-ever Shostakovich Concerto Festival, a partnership with Richard Alston & Juilliard Dance and the Juilliard Orchestra in their recreation of Alston’s Sheer Bravado (2006), as well as giving the inaugural masterclass & recital for the Las Vegas Masterclass Series at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This past season, he was thrilled to give the North American Premiere of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Third Sonata for Cello and Piano (1919), recently published by Bärenreiter-Verlag, with longtime artistic collaborator cellist Juliette Herlin. In anticipation of this premiere, Ahfat filmed & produced a mini-documentary titled Soirée pour Camille, a short film documenting the historical context of the work, the artistic partnership of Ahfat & Herlin, and their joint exploration of French music.

Ahfat completed principal studies at the Juilliard School in New York under the tutelage of Joseph Kalichstein and Stephen Hough, where he also served as a Keyboard Teaching Fellow. Currently, he is one of select 2018-19 concert artists in-residence in the prestigious Rebanks Family Fellowship & International Performance Residency at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto.

Sinfonia Toronto now in its 23rd season, has toured twice in Europe, in the US, South America and China, receiving glowing reviews. It has released four CD’s, includ ing a JUNO Award winner, and performs in many Ontario cities. Its extensive repertoire includes all the major string orchestra works of the 18th through 21st centuries, and it has premiered many new works. Under the baton of Nurhan Arman the orchestra’s performances present outstanding international guest artists and prominent Canadian musicians.

Maestro Nurhan Arman has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the US, returning regularly to many orchestras in Europe. Among the orchestras Maestro Arman has conducted are the Moscow Philharmonic, Deutsches Kammerorchester Frankfurt, Filarmonica Italiana, St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, Orchestre Regional d’Ile de France, Hungarian Symphony, Arpeggione Kammerorchester, Milano Classica and Belgrade Philharmonic.

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