Recently named Conductor Emeritus of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian has been hailed as a masterful and dynamic presence in the conducting world. Oundjian has developed a multi-faceted portfolio as a conductor, violinist, professor and artistic advisor. He has been celebrated for his musicality, an eye towards collaboration, innovative programming and an engaging personality.
Oundjian’s 14-year tenure as Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has been marked by a reimagining of the TSO’s programming, international stature, audience development, touring and a number of outstanding recordings. During this time he also lead the TSO in annual performances at the National Arts Centre. Oundjian and the TSO’s recording of Vaughan Williams’ orchestral works won a JUNO Award for Best Classical Album: Large Ensemble in 2019.
From 2012–18, Oundjian served as Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In January 2019, he transitioned from Artistic Advisor to Music Director for the Colorado Music Festival. This evening’s concert is his first time conducting the NAC Orchestra in over 20 years.
Peter Oundjian has been a visiting professor at Yale University’s School of Music since 1981, and in 2013 he was awarded the school’s Sanford Medal for Distinguished Service to Music.
The first cellist to win Grand Prize at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Competition (2019), and the first-ever Canadian laureate at the prestigious International Paulo Cello Competition, 22-year-old Bryan Cheng has already secured a distinctive place in the world of classical music. He made his solo debut at the age of 10 with I Musici de Montréal, his Carnegie Hall recital debut at 14, and his Elbphilharmonie debut in 2018 with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
Highlights of the 2019–20 season include a solo appearance with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, a Panama tour with Orchestra of the Americas, recitals as cellist of the Cheng² Duo in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal’s Salle Bourgie, as well as a European tour of his Beethoven 2020 project, Ludwig & Beyond. Festival appearances include Russia’s Trans-Siberian Art Festival, Italy’s Trasimeno Festival and Orford Musique.
Bryan Cheng has released a trilogy of albums on German label audite: Russian Legends (2019), Violonchelo del fuego (2018) and Violoncelle français (2016). He currently studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Jens Peter Maintz, and plays the ca. 1696 Bonjour Stradivarius cello generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts.
“One of the major highlights of the current London orchestral season.”
– Classical Source, U.K., 2019
The NAC Orchestra is a world-class ensemble of outstanding musicians from across Canada and around the world, under the inspiring leadership of Music Director Alexander Shelley. The Orchestra has been praised for the passion and clarity of its performances, its visionary education and community outreach programs and its prominent role in nurturing Canadian creativity.
"The NAC Orchestra’s current European tour has achieved the highest degree of cultural diplomacy."
– Le Devoir (Montreal), 2019
The Orchestra has toured regularly across Canada and internationally and in May 2019, it presented five Canadian artists and six Canadian composers across Europe.
“…uplifting, unsettling, mischievous and deeply poignant…”
– BBC Music Magazine on Life Reflected, 2017
The NAC Orchestra has recorded many of its 80+ commissioned works for radio and on over 40 commercial releases, including Life Reflected, which includes 2018 Classical Composition JUNO winner My Name is Amanda Todd by Jocelyn Morlock; and New Worlds, featuring Ana Sokolović’s Golden Slumbers Kiss Your Eyes, 2019 Classical Composition JUNO winner.
“Life Reflected reminds us that when we try new things, art regains its primal power.”
– The Globe and Mail, 2017
In 2019, the Orchestra played on Parliament Hill for the Canada Day noon concert, a live broadcast for CBC television.Read full NAC bio ›
Born in London, March 9, 1980
London-born Anna Clyne is a GRAMMY-nominated composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. Described as a “composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods” in a New York Times profile and as “dazzlingly inventive” by Time Out New York, Clyne’s work often includes collaborations with cutting-edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers and musicians.
Last fall, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Pekka Kuusisto premiered Clyne’s Sound and Fury in Edinburgh. Recent premieres include her Rumi-inspired cello concerto, DANCE, premiered with Inbal Segev at the 2019 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, led by Cristian Măcelaru; and Snake and Ladder, a work for saxophone and electronics premiered by Jess Gillam at the 2019 Cheltenham Music Festival. In July 2019, Clyne wrote and arranged music from Nico’s Marble Index for The Nico Project, a theatrical work presented by the Manchester International Festival.
Anna Clyne served as Composer-in-Residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre national d’Île-de-France and Berkeley Symphony. She currently serves as The Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Associate Composer through the 2020–21 season, with a series of works commissioned over three years. Her music is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes.