Toronto Symphony’s Oundjian to pick up violin again

Posted on: January 28, 2011

In Thursday’s (1/27) Globe and Mail (Toronto), Colin Eatock writes, “When a neurological disorder afflicted his left hand, Peter Oundjian put down his violin and picked up the baton at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Now, for the first time since he took over as conductor and music director in 2004, he’s scheduled to play his violin with the TSO—onstage with veteran violinist Itzhak Perlman. The news was part of Wednesday’s season announcement at Roy Thomson Hall. This year will mark the orchestra’s 90th season—115 concerts running from Sept. 22 this fall to June 24, 2012—which Ounjdian described as ‘a time to look back as well as forward.’ Oundjian’s performance with Perlman will be part of a ‘residency’ program with three international artists, who will be spending two days to two weeks in Toronto. Superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang will play all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos in concerts Nov. 9-19. The renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be in Toronto on May 30 and 31 to play Elgar’s Cello Concerto. And from April 25-28, Perlman will play concertos by Beethoven and Bach, including Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins with Oundjian on April 28.”

Posted January 28, 2011