Eugene Ye is the winner of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. The Seventeen year old will claim his prize by performing Shostakovich’s intense and virtuosic Cello Concerto No. 1. with the TSO tonight during a special free concert at Roy Thomson Hall. This marks the first time that he is performing with a major symphony orchestra.
The surprise concert for Torontonians is meant to bring a bit of sunshine to the grey days of February. The community lunchtime concert will be on today between 12:30pm to 1:30pm at Roy Thomson. You can sign up for tickets at tso.ca.
TSO RBC Resident Conductor Simon Rivard will lead the 92-member Orchestra in audience favourites: the overture to Bernstein’s Candide; the theme from Mission: Impossible, Shostakovich’s intense and virtuosic Cello Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Concertmaster Jonathan Crow will perform “Spring” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and will be joined by the entire orchestra for the final movement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.
The concert will be emceed by The New Classical FM host Kathleen Kajioka. Kathleen is also an accomplished musician who has previously performed with the TSO.
Eugene Ye joined Mark Wigmore on The Oasis.
Listen to the interview: