TORONTO, June 18, 2012 /CNW/ - TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian proudly announces Canadian artists,
conductor Shalom Bard as the TSO's RBC Resident Conductor and composer
Kevin Lau as the TSO's RBC Affiliate Composer. In their roles, Shalom and Kevin will be fully integrated into all
areas of the organization, with full access to the inner workings of a
major symphony orchestra. Earlier this year, the TSO had an open call
for applications which was met with an overwhelming response. Both
highly sought-after positions, these two-year residencies represent an
important investment in the Canadian arts community by fostering the
development of artists and leaders. This investment is supported by
special project grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and a
multi-year commitment from the RBC Foundation totaling $400,000,
establishing the TSO's first RBC Emerging Artists Programme.
"RBC is committed to supporting emerging talent in Canada and we are
thrilled to establish the new RBC Emerging Artists Programme at the
TSO to help foster the careers of up and coming artists. In
addition, RBC will also support various public performances where these
artists will be involved, including the TSO's New Creations Festival,"
said Shari Austin, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC and
Executive Director of the RBC Foundation.
"We are delighted to welcome Shalom and Kevin as part of the TSO's
artistic team starting in September 2012," said TSO Music Director
Peter Oundjian. "I look forward to working with them both as they
continue to build their careers here with the Toronto Symphony
Orchestra." As the TSO's RBC Resident Conductor, Shalom Bard will work
closely with Music Director Peter Oundjian and the Artistic Staff of
the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with complete access to all TSO
rehearsals and performances. He will also work with TSO guest
conductors for consultation, coaching, and discussion. In the 2012-2013
season, Shalom will conduct as many as 20 concerts throughout the TSO
season, making his Toronto TSO conducting début at a special concert
featuring violinist Maxim Vengerov (October 20, 2012). His other
conducting dates include the Audience Choice Light Classics concert
(January 26 & 27, 2013), Student Concerts on the Northern Residency
tour (September, 2012), and a variety of TSO Education and Outreach
concerts. Shalom Bard also takes on the important role of the new
Conductor of the renowned and talented Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra
(TSYO), of which he himself is an alumnus. As TSYO Conductor, Shalom
Bard will lead the TSYO in each of their three concerts, direct an
intensive rehearsal weekend and lead all rehearsals, mentoring the
musicians of the TSYO.
Prior to his position with the TSO, Israeli-born Canadian Shalom Bard
was Resident Conductor of Symphony Nova Scotia during the 2011-2012
season under the mentorship of Maestro Bernhard Gueller. Previous
appointments include Assistant Conductor for Educational Concerts with
the Herbert Zipper Orchestra of Los Angeles, and Conductor of the
Mooredale Youth Orchestra in Toronto. Shalom holds Masters degrees in
orchestral conducting and clarinet performance from McGill University
and the University of Southern California, respectively. As the TSO's
RBC Affiliate Composer, Kevin Lau will work closely with Music Director
Peter Oundjian, Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, and the Artistic Staff
of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. During his two-year term with the
TSO, Kevin will compose at least two works for the Orchestra. Kevin's
first work will premiere in June 2013 in concerts also featuring
Chinese pianists Yuja Wang. He will also participate in educational
work with young audiences in the TSO's community outreach programmes.
A Hong Kong-born Canadian, Kevin Lau is an active composer of
contemporary orchestral and film music. His music has been commissioned
and performed by numerous ensembles including orchestras in Hamilton
and Mississauga, Orchestre de la Francophonie, the Toronto Symphony
Youth Orchestra, and the Esprit Orchestra. His orchestral composition Fountain of Dreams was awarded winner of both the 2005 Mississauga Young Composers'
Competition and the 2008-2009 University of Toronto Composer's
Competition. In 2010, he was awarded the Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian
Music for his composition Starsail. His composition Joy, for solo violin and strings, will be featured in a soon to be released
CD by Canadian violinist Conrad Chow.
RBC Resident Conductor and RBC Affiliate Composer are part of the RBC
Emerging Artists Programme, supported by the RBC Foundation. These positions are also supported in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.
RBC Wealth Management is the Presenting Sponsor of the Maxim Vengerov performance in October
2012 and the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 performance in June 2013.
TSO 90th Season Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
About the TSO: Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada's
major cultural institutions and is internationally recognized as a
leading orchestra. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter
Oundjian, the TSO is committed to innovative programming and showcases
a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. In addition to
performances, the TSO serves the community with one of the largest
music education outreach programmes in Canada, connecting students
throughout Ontario with acclaimed curriculum-based programming. tso.ca
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