Rachmaninoff's Third

ProMedica Masterworks

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater

January 17 - 18, 2020

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Alain Trudel, conductor
Olga Kern, piano
Kirk Toth, violin

Geminiani – Concerto Grosso No. 5
Higdon – Concerto for Orchestra
Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 3

Van Cliburn gold medalist Olga Kern returns to Toledo with “Rach 3,” one of the repertoire’s most beloved and daunting works! Experience the music of Grammy Award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Her Concerto for Orchestra is full of color and persuasive energy. Not to be missed!

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Music Director of the Toledo Symphony (USA), conductor Alain Trudel has been praised for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer” (La Presse). He is also Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Principal Guest conductor of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Trudel was also the CBC Radio Orchestra conductor, taking the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality, as well as public and critical acclaim.

Trudel has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Latin America. Trudel made his Opera de Montréal debut in 2009 in Mozart’s Magic Flute and conducted the live recording of their 30th anniversary gala. He has been a regular guest since and in March 2017 he conducted to great acclaim (“The entire audience was on its feet for another standing ovation, with concertgoers shouting “wow” and “bravo.” Rolling Stone Magazine, “The Wall Triumphs in Montréal.”  Le Figaro, Paris) the world premiere operatic version of “The Wall”. Trudel will also lead the american premiere at the Cincinnati Opera in July 2018.

Always committed to upcoming generations of musicians, Trudel was Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2012 to 2014 and has regularly been invited to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. From 2011 to 2015 Trudel was Professor and conductor of the orchestra and opera orchestra at the University of Western and is now guess professor for orchestra and opera at the University of Ottawa.

First known to the public as “the Jascha Heifetz of the trombone” (Le monde de la musique), Alain Trudel has been a guest soloist with orchestras worldwide including Philharmonique de Radio-France, Hong-Kong Philharmonic, Austrian Radio Orchestra, Festival Musica Strasbourg (France), Klangbogen Festival (Vienna), Akiyoshidai and Hamamatsu festival (Japan). Alain is also a respected composer with performances across America and in Asia.

Alain Trudel was the first Canadian to be a Yamaha international artist, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Parker, Charles Cros (France), Opus prize and Heinz Unger prizes. He has been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre and received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation's great pianists. She jumpstarted her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than thirty years.

First prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at seventeen, Ms. Kern is a laureate of many international competitions. In 2016 she served as Jury Chairman of both the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, where she also holds the title of Artistic Director. Ms. Kern frequently gives masterclasses and since September 2017 has served on the piano faculty of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Additionally, Ms. Kern has been chosen as the Virginia Arts Festival’s new Connie & Marc Jacobson Director of Chamber Music, beginning with the 2019 season.

For the 2019-20 season, Kern will perform with the Allentown Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic, and the New West Symphony, as well as appearing on United States Tour with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. She will appear in recitals in Orford, Sunriver, Fort Worth (Cliburn), Carmel, and San Francisco.

In recent seasons, Kern performed with the Moscow Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony, as well as opened the Pacific Symphony’s 2018-19 season. Kern was also a featured soloist for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra during the 2018-19 Tour. She also served as Artist in Residence for the San Antonio Symphony’s 2017-18 season and had her Chinese debut with the National Youth Orchestra of China tour. Ms. Kern opened the Baltimore Symphony’s 2015-2016 centennial season with Marin Alsop. Other season highlights included returns to the Royal Philharmonic with Pinchas Zukerman, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice with Giancarlo Guerrero.

Ms. Kern's discography includes her Grammy Nominated recording of Rachmaninoff’s Corelli Variations and other transcriptions (2004), Brahms Variations (2007) and Chopin Piano Sonatas No. 2 and 3 (2010). She was featured in the award-winning documentary about the 2001 Cliburn Competition, Playing on the Edge.

Concertmaster Kirk Toth earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in violin performance at the University of Michigan studying under Paul Makanowitzky, protege of the great Ivan Galamian, and formerly of the Julliard School of Music faculty. Upon graduation, Mr. Toth received the University of Michigan's highest  award, the Stanley Medal.

Prior to joining the Toledo Symphony, Mr. Toth was a member of the Richmond Symphony, and then Assistant Principal Second Violin in the Rochester Philharmonic, New York, under the direction of David Zinman. Mr. Toth has been guest concertmaster of the Halifax Symphony, Nova Scotia, and a member of the Cincinnati Symphony under the direction of Jesus Lopez-Cobos.

Along with these performing positions, Mr. Toth has been on the music faculties of Stetson University, the University of Toledo, and has taught at Hillsdale College and Ohio Northern University.

As a member of the Toledo Trio (composed of University of Toledo faculty), Mr. Toth has recorded works of Charles Ives, Amy Beach, and Horatio Parker for the Musical Heritage label.

Mr. Toth has appeared on the Toledo Symphony Chamber Series in ensembles ranging in size from violin/piano duos to octets, nonets and chamber orchestras. The works performed have covered a wide spectrum of chamber music from Bach to compositions of composers alive today.

As a soloist on the Toledo Symphony's Mozart in the Afternoon Series, he has performed the violin concertos of Beethoven and Mozart, along with various concerti of Bach and Vivaldi, including double concerti, the Brandenburg Concerti, and the Four Seasons.

In addition to performances of various show pieces on the Neighborhood Series and Pops Series, Mr. Toth has performed major concerti on the Symphony's Masterworks Series, including the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Arto Noras, the Stravinsky Violin Concerto, the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 with the composer's son Maxim Shostokovich conducting, the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, the Beethoven Violin Concerto, and most recently the Berg Violin Concerto.

Check out this video of Olga Kern performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 at the Van Cliburn Piano Competition!

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