Toronto Symphony Orchestra Chamber soloists

Start Date: November 10, 2017
End Date: November 10, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Arts Centre, 235 King St., W.
Adult: $ 32.00 +HST

TSO Chamber Soloists

Founded in 2014, the Toronto Symphony Chamber Soloists came together with a mission to create programming featuring a diverse and varied range of instruments. Acclaimed as a ensemble of distinguished virtuosi, the 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. Recent programs have included standards such as quintets by Mozart and Schumann, heard in conjunction with works by Gary Kulesha and Arnold Schoenberg.

Comprised of principal players from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Chamber Soloists have already performed around the world, from Roy Thomson Hall to the iconic Harpa in Iceland, with such distinguished guest artists as Emmanuel Ax, James Ehnes and Barbara Hannigan. Curated by TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow, the 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.


Jonathan Crow, Violin

 The 2015-2016 season marks Canadian violinist Jonathan Crow’s fifth season as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A native of Prince George, British Columbia, Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Music in Honours Performance from McGill University in 1998, at which time he joined the Montreal Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Second Violin. Between 2002 and 2006 Jonathan was the Concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra; during this time he was the youngest concertmaster of any major North American orchestra. Jonathan continues to perform as guest concertmaster with orchestras around the world, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Pernambuco Festival Orchestra (Brazil).

Jonathan has performed as a soloist with most major Canadian orchestras including the Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, the National Arts Centre and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestras, under the baton of such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Andrew Davis, Peter Oundjian, Kent Nagano, Mario Bernardi and Joa?o Carlos Martins.

An avid chamber musician, Jonathan has performed at chamber music festivals throughout North America, South America and Europe including the Banff, Ravinia, Orford, Domaine Forget, Seattle, Montreal, Ottawa, Incontri in Terra di Sienna, Alpenglow, Pernambuco (Brazil), and Giverny (France) festivals. Jonathan is currently Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Toronto.


Teng Li, Viola

 Teng Li joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2004. She has since established herself as a diverse and dynamic performer internationally. Along with her TSO solo appearances, Ms. Li has performed with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, National Chamber Orchestra, Santa Rosa Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Haddonfield Symphony, Shanghai Opera Orchestra, Canadian Sinfonietta, and the Esprit Orchestra. Her performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio 2, National Public Radio, WQXR (New York), WHYY (Pennsylvania), WFMT (Chicago), and Bavarian Radio (Munich). Ms. Li is also an active recitalist and chamber musician participating in the festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Mostly Mozart, Music from Angel Fire, Rome, Moritzburg (Germany), and the Rising Stars Festival in Caramoor. She has performed with the Guarneri Quartet in New York at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) and with the 92nd St. Y Chamber Music Society.

Teng is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She currently serves on faculty at the University of Toronto and as recently appointed Artistic Director of the Morningside Music Bridge Festival.

Ms. Li plays on a 1703 Amati viola on generous loan from Dr. William Waters through the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.


Joseph Johnson, cello

 Joseph Johnson has been heard throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician and educator. His festival appearances include performances in all classical genres at the American festivals of Santa Fe, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Bard, Cactus Pear, Caramoor, Grand Teton, and Music in the Vineyards as well as the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and the Virtuosi Festival in Brazil.

Principal cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since the 2009/2010 season, Joseph previously held the same position with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as principal cellist of the Santa Fe Opera, and during the 2008-2009 season, was guest principal cellist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his Milwaukee appointment, Joseph was a member of The Minnesota Orchestra cello section for eleven years, during which time he performed numerous chamber music works during the orchestra's Sommerfest, both as cellist and pianist.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Joseph Johnson earned his master's degree from Northwestern University. Awards and honours include a performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music and first prize from the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition. Joseph loves touring, traveling, meeting new people, and performing different repertoire, from the great symphonic works to solo and chamber music. He also loves basketball, cooking, and exploring restaurants in every city he visits.



Event Categories: Brockville Concert Association and Music Series.

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