Sunday, October 21, 2018 – 3:00pm
Pre-concert chat at 2:15 with Michael Newnham
Join Michael Newnham and the musicians of Orchestra Toronto as we open our 2018-19 season with an autumnal orchestral celebration.
- Kevin Lau is an award-winning Canadian composer. His dramatic three-part orchestral portrait of Artemis, the ancient Greek goddess of the hunt and the moon recalls Holst’s The Planets.
- Anastasia Rizikoff is a celebrated young Canadian pianist. In Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, she and the orchestra will perform 24 variations on a tune that Niccolo Paganini originally wrote for the violin.
- A new season is like a whole new world. Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony is one of the most popular symphonies of all time, and is the symphony that Neil Armstrong chose to take with him to the moon.
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
George Weston Recital Hall
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 6R8
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.