Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hungarian Violinist Ádám Banda Makes Toronto Début October 24

Hungarian Virtuoso Violinist Ádám Banda
Makes his Toronto Debut

Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 2:00pm
Mazzoleni Concert Hall in historic Ihnatowycz Hall
The Royal Conservatory

Ádám Banda, a talented young violin virtuoso from Budapest, makes his Toronto debut in October, perfoming two recitals: first at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts as part of the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, (which just occurred this afternoon, October 21,) and then at The Royal Conservatory as part of the Discovery Series in Mazzoleni Concert Hall, located in historic Ihnatowycz Hall.

The Discovery Series shines a spotlight on the extraordinarily gifted students and friends of The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory, and Mr. Banda’s concert marks the beginning of a performance partnership between the outstanding young performers of Hungary and The Glenn Gould School.

Academy Rector Andras Batta describes the 24-year-old musician as “… one of the most remarkable young artists to have entered the Franz Liszt Academy.”  An accomplished violinist of considerable international recognition, winner of the Carl Flesch and Dubai International Competitions, Mr. Banda is also a recipient of the Pro Europe Prize and numerous other awards. He has performed throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, and many prestigious international arenas. He has collaborated with artists of international renown, including Zoltán Kocsis, András Schiff, and Miklós Perényi.

The Mazzoleni Concert Hall performance on October 24 at 2:00pm will feature works by Bach, Brahms, Debussy, Bartók, and Sarasate, and Mr. Banda will be accompanied by Toronto pianist Jeanie Chung.

These performance partnerships are initiatives of Andrea Fellner and János Vecsernyés, two internationally recognized executive producers formerly of Hungarian Television and the CEOs of Burbank Enterprises Inc. Their production credits include several documentaries on many music giants, such as Arthur Rubinstein, Leopold Stokowski, David Oistrakh, and Carl Orff.  They also produced Concerto, a major film on Béla Bartók – a coproduction between Hungary, Canada, and the United States.

Plans are already underway for a reciprocal festival whereby young Canadian artists will perform at the internationally renowned Budapest Spring Festival in 2011. These concerts will likely mark the beginning of a long series of performance partnerships between the two countries.

Ádám Banda, violin
Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 2:00pm
Mazzoleni Concert Hall in historic Ihnatowycz Hall
The Royal Conservatory
TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Tickets: $10
Tickets are available online at, by calling 416.408.0208,
or in person at the Weston Family Box Office at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning

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