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Janina Fialkowska

Janina is no stranger to our regular audience members. This year she is celebrating turning 65 by touring and performing an all Chopin programme!

We last heard her exquisite playing in 2014 and you can read a bit about her in our blog post from then – https://mtochambermusic.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/janina-fialkowska/

Adding to the many critically acclaimed CDs she has produced over that past 40 years of her career, since her 2014 visit to us, she has released two additional CDs – one of lyric pieces by Edvard Grieg and another with a few works by Franz Schubert. This week her recording of Chopin’s Sonatas, Etudes & Impromptus (2 CDs) was listed as part of the top 50 greatest Chopin recordings on Gramophone. http://www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/the-50-greatest-chopin-recordings-2

You can read much more about Janina from Janina herself on her own website – http://www.fialkowska.com/home.html

Come and hear this great Romantic pianist on October 25, 2016 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts for a wonderful evening of Chopin!  http://music-toronto.com/piano/fialkowska.htm


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Our 2016-2017 season!

As with most arts organizations, we are already looking to next season! Season subscriptions are already on sale for our 2016-2017 season. Existing subscribers – you should have received your renewal information in late February. You have until May to renew and keep your existing seats. Contact the box office at 416-366-7723 if you have not received your renewal information. Subscriptions done before the end of April will get the bonus of an additional ticket!

This will be our 45th season and it is an exciting one!

We open our season on October 13, 2016 with the Juilliard Quartet. Last fall, cellist Joel Krosnick announced his retirement from the quartet after 42 years. We will have the pleasure of welcoming the quartet back to our stage with their new member, cellist Astrid Schween.

Our piano series starts with Janina Fialkowska on October 25, 2016. This concert is part of her year long “Birthday Celebration Tour” as she celebrates turning 65 years young.

November brings us Quatuor Arthur-LeBlanc on November 10, 2016. Quartet-in-residence at the Université Laval, they were our ensemble-in-residence in 2007-2008. A few short days later, UK pianist Danny Driver joins us on November 15, 2016 for his Toronto debut.

Soprano Suzie LeBlanc and the Blue Engine String Quartet join together for a concert on December 1, 2016. Entitled A Pocket of Time, the evening is a musical tribute to Elizabeth Bishop.

Before we take a break for the holidays, we will enjoy the talented Gryphon Trio on our stage once again! Join us on December 15, 2016 for an evening of great music.

January starts off with young pianist Sean Chen making his Toronto debut on January 10, 2017 and wraps up with long time MTO performers, the St. Lawrence Quartet on January 26, 2017.

Ilya Poletaev takes to our stage on February 7, 2017 with some Bach and Schumann. The Eybler Quartet will play us some Haydn and Beethoven on February 16, 2017.

We finish off our season in March next year with two long standing internationally renowned quartets – the Prazak Quartet on March 2, 2017 and the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin on March 16, 2017.

Bookmark our website at http://music-toronto.com/ and you can find us all season long!

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Janina Fialkowska

Towards the end of this month, we will have the pleasure of presenting Janina Fialkowska as part of our piano series. A brilliant pianist, she is known for her outstanding interpretations of Chopin and Lizst.

Janina was born in 1951 in Montreal and has studied piano since the age of 4. At 12 years of age, she made her soloist debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. By the age of 17, she had graduated with two degrees from the University of Montreal. She went on to study in Paris and at Juilliard. In 1974, she placed in the top three prize winners of the very first Arthur Rubinstein Competition (http://www.arims.org.il/index.php/1974). Rubinstein helped launch her international career and became her mentor.

Since that time she has played for many orchestras around the world, given countless recitals, and released several recordings. She founded Piano Six, a program that was dedicated to bringing classical music to small communities across the country. An Officer of the Order of Canada, she became the first female instrumentalist to receive the 2012 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Classical Music.

In early 2002, Janina’s professional career was put on hold. A tumour was discovered in her left arm. Removal of the tumour and subsequent surgery to repair damage to her arm didn’t stop her from performing. While her left arm healed, she gave several concerts performing with her right hand, even transposing pieces written for the left hand so they could be played with her right. In 2004, she relaunched her two hand playing career with continued success.

You can find out more about Janina on her website – http://www.fialkowska.com. And you can hear her live in Toronto on Tuesday October 28, 2014 at our concert! http://www.music-toronto.com

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