Autumn Celebration

Sunday, October 21, 2018 – 3:00pm

Pre-concert chat at 2:15 with Michael Newnham

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Join Michael Newnham and the musicians of Orchestra Toronto as we open our 2018-19 season with an autumnal orchestral celebration.

Featuring

Michael Newnham – Conductor
Anastasia Rizikov – Piano*

On the Program

Kevin Lau – Artemis
Sergei Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43*
Antonin Dvořák – Symphony No.9 in e-minor, Op.95: From the New World

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Location

George Weston Recital Hall
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 6R8

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Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov is a remarkably poised and precocious nineteen year old who is already showing signs of being “one to watch”. At age seven, she made her orchestral debut, and has since appeared as soloist with major orchestras of North America and Europe. In 2015 alone, Ms. Rizikov won first places at the Jaén International Piano Competition and the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, recorded a CD with NAXOS, and performed at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

Since placing first at The Vladimir Horowitz International Young Pianists Competition in Kiev, Ukraine (where she also received a special award for Best Artistic Performance) and first sharing the stage with orchestra playing Polunin’s Concertino in A minor with the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine conducted by Mykola Diadiura at age seven, Anastasia stepped on to the international competition circuit, winning many awards in the process. Resolving to compete in adult competitions since the age of twelve, Anastasia won first places over musicians twice her age in the following competitions: the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, along with prizes for best compulsory work by E. Pozzoli, and audience prize (Seregno, Italy, 2015); the Jaén International Piano Competition, as well as taking all three additional prizes- for the best interpretation of Spanish music, for the best interpretation of the compulsory work, and the audience prize”(Jaén, Spain, 2015); the 13th «Giuliano Pecar» International Piano Competition (Gorizia, Italy, 2013); George Gershwin International Music Competition (Brooklyn, NY, 2013); as well as Rotary Club Ramon Llull International Piano Competition (Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2011), where she became the youngest person to compete and win in their history.