Sinfonia Toronto

Sinfonia Toronto is pleased to announce plans for the upcoming April 2018, South American tour. Music Director Nurhan Arman will lead the orchestra in six concerts in Argentina, Peru and Uruguay. World-renowned clarinetist Julian Milkis will be the featured soloist, joining Sinfonia Toronto for performances on the foremost concert series in each tour city’s major concert hall.
This will be the orchestra’s fourth international tour.  The orchestra has toured in Germany (2008), Spain (2010) and the United States (2015).
The orchestra will open the Sociedad Filarmónica de Lima’s season on  April 17  in Lima, Peru; perform four concerts in Argentina between  April 19 and 26 , in Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Rosario and San Juan; and conclude the tour in Uruguay on  April 28  in the spectacular Atlantic-cape city of Punta Del Este.
In making the tour announcement, Maestro  Nurhan Arman  noted that, “Touring is an important part of an orchestra’s life. We love playing for our audiences in Toronto and throughout Ontario, but we also want to represent Toronto and Canadian music and Canadian talent to the wider world, as we will in this upcoming tour.  We have chosen programs that will show off the skills and versatility of our musicians and composers and display Canadian creativity.”
Maestro Arman has selected two unique programs for the tour.  Music by Canadian composers Marjan Mozetich and Chan Ka Nin will be featured together with works by Britten, Dvorak and Mozart. Clarinetist Julian Milkis will perform the orchestral version of Weber’s Clarinet Quintet and a number of popular short selections.
The tour is organized and managed by the US-based agency World Touring LLCWorld Touring has promoted and toured orchestras, chamber ensembles and solo artists for three decades, with particular emphasis and success in the Far East, South America and United States. Sinfonia Toronto’s South American tour is supported by a Touring Project grant from the Ontario Arts Council.
 
NURHAN ARMAN, Conductor

Maestro Arman has brought capacity crowds to their feet on four continents. He has appeared in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Hungary, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Lithuania, Turkey, Armenia, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and throughout the United States and Canada. Nurhan Arman is currently the Music Director of Canada’s Sinfonia Toronto.

Critics on both sides of the Atlantic have been unanimous in their praise. Pravda hailed Maestro Arman as a “fascinating and striking musical personality,” while the Broadcast Review in Prague reported “a spirited and nobly rounded performance.”

Born to Armenian parents in Istanbul, he played his first violin recital at the age of 13. After arriving in the United States on a Disney Foundation scholarship, he concertized from coast to coast, appearing in major US cities as well as at prestigious music festivals in Tanglewood, Spoleto, New York and Florida. After several seasons of leading US orchestras as concertmaster, he began a conducting career that has taken him all over the world.

In 1982 Nurhan Arman moved to Canada to accept the post of Music Director of the North Bay Symphony and the Northern Music Festival. In 1987 he was named Music Director of Symphony New Brunswick which he swiftly built into a major regional resource. In March of 1993 Maestro Arman was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Yerevan Symphony in Armenia. In 1998 Maestro Arman founded Sinfonia Toronto, now considered one of Canada’s finest chamber orchestras.

Maestro Arman records regularly for CBC Radio. Internationally, he has recorded for First Edition Records, Educo Records, Radio Moscow, Polish Broadcasting, Czech Radio, KBS of Korea, TRT of Turkey, Lithuanian TV, Slovenian Radio and TV, Armenian Radio and TV, and PBS in the US.

Maestro Arman has served as an adjudicator on many prominent panels, including the International Fitelberg Conducting Competition in Poland, the Canada Council Conducting Competition and the Heinz Unger Competition. He has taught conducting at New York’s Brockport Festival, at the Florida Festival, and in Canada at his own Northern Music Festival as well as the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Among many orchestras conducted by Nurhan Arman are the Moscow Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Orchestra Filarmonica di Sanremo, Orchester der Nordharzer, Filarmonica Brasov Kharkov Philharmonic, Filarmonica Italiana, Vojvodina Symphony, Sergipe Philharmonic, Deutsches Kammerorchester Frankfurt, Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra of Mexico City, Florence Chamber Orchestra, State Hermitage Orchestra St. Petersburg Camerata, Nordbohmische Philharmonie l’Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Orchestra Sinfonica Giacchino Rossini, Orchestra Sinfonico di Lecce, Orchestra Extremadura (Spain), State Philharmonic of Mexico, Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico (Italy), Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Hungarian Philharmonic, Lithuanian Philharmonic, Volgograd Symphony, l’Orchestre Regional d’Ile de France, Bratislava Symphony, Bohemian Festival Orchestra, Pilsen Radio Symphony, Silesian State Philharmonic, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Armenian Philharmonic, Bucharest Philharmonic, Brasov Philharmonic, Filarmonica Moldova, Filarmonica Sibiu, Slovak (Kosice) Philharmonic, Radomska Orkiestra Kameralna (Poland), Orquesta da Camaro Amazonas of Brazil Deutsches Kammerorchester on tour at the Ljubljana Summer Music Festival, Karlsbad Symphony, Rivne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Grand Orchestre de l’Harmonie (Belgium), Pusan Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, Saskatoon Symphony and many others.

Among the major artists with whom Nurhan Arman has collaborated are André Laplante, Alexander Ghindin, Maria Kliegel, Measha Bruegergosman, Anton Kuerti, Janina Fialkowska, Corey Cerovsek, Lara St. John, Rivka Golani, Yuli Turovsky, Andrea Bacchetti, Aline Kutan and many others.

Nurhan Arman’s engagements during the 2016-2017 season included Witold Lutoslawski Chamber Philharmonic (Poland), Kammerorchester Arpeggione (Austria), Orchester der Nordharzer (Germany), Orquestra Clássica da Madeira (Portugal), Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicali (Italy) Sinfonia Toronto and others. In 2017-18 Maestro Arman continues with Sinfonia Toronto in Canada and in April 2018 he leads the orchestra’s South American tour. In June he returns to Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicali for concerts in Milan and in the Lombardia region of Italy.

JULIAN MILKIS Clarinetist

JM hi res photo
 
TOUR CONCERTS
CHAN KA NIN Fanfare for Canada
BRITTEN Simple Symphony
WEBER Clarinet Quintet orchestral version by Nurhan Arman
DVORAK Serenade
LEVKOVICH Brasiliana No. 1 based on music of Jobim
PIAZZOLLA Oblivion
GERSHWIN Promenade
 
Thursday, April 19, 2018  – San Juan, Argentina, Auditorio Juan Victoria
CHAN KA NIN Fanfare for Canada
MOZART Divertimento K.138
MOZETICH Dance to Earth
WEBER Clarinet Quintet orchestral version by Nurhan Arman
DVORAK Serenade
LEVKOVICH Brasiliana No. 1 based on music of Jobim
GERSHWIN Promenade
 
CHAN KA NIN Fanfare for Canada
MOZART Divertimento K.138
MOZETICH Dance to Earth
WEBER Clarinet Quintet orchestral version by Nurhan Arman
DVORAK Serenade
LEVKOVICH Brasiliana No. 1 based on music of Jobim
GERSHWIN Promenade
 
CHAN KA NIN Fanfare for Canada
MOZART Divertimento K.138
MOZETICH Dance to Earth
WEBER Clarinet Quintet orchestral version by Nurhan Arman
DVORAK Serenade
LEVKOVICH Brasiliana No. 1 based on music of Jobim
GERSHWIN Promenade

Thursday, April 26, 2018
 
 – Buenos Aires, Argentina, Centro Cultural Kirchner
CHAN KA NIN Fanfare for Canada
MOZART Divertimento K.138
MOZETICH Dance to Earth
WEBER Clarinet Quintet orchestral version by Nurhan Arman
DVORAK Serenade
LEVKOVICH Brasiliana No. 1 based on music of Jobim
PIAZZOLLA Oblivion
GERSHWIN Promenade
 
CHAN KA NIN Fanfare for Canada
MOZART Divertimento K.138
MOZETICH Dance to Earth
WEBER Clarinet Quintet orchestral version by Nurhan Arman
DVORAK Serenade
LEVKOVICH Brasiliana No. 1 based on music of Jobim
GERSHWIN Promenade