Media Room

April 23 2012


The TSYO performs concerts in Vancouver, Nanaimo and Victoria, May 20 – 23, 2012.

April 23, 2012 – This May, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) will perform in Western Canada on a three-concert tour to British Columbia. Led by conductor Alain Trudel, the 83-member orchestra will perform in Vancouver (May 20, 2:30pm at the Chan Centre), Nanaimo (May 22, 7:30pm at the Port Theatre) and Victoria (May 23, 7:30pm at the Royal Theatre).

The May 2012 tour to B.C. is the TSYO’s first performance in Western Canada in 12 years. These concerts complement the TSYO’s Toronto performances, and offer orchestra members the experience of concerts on-the-road. To support this tour, TSYO musicians raised a goal-breaking amount through a TSO digital fundraising initiative. While on tour, TSYO musicians will have the chance to meet and perform with their peers in B.C., including a side-by-side concert with the musicians of the Vancouver Symphony Youth Orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien.

ABOUT THE TSYO: The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) is one of Canada's largest youth orchestras, providing a high-level orchestral experience for talented young people under the age of 22. Members audition each season, and when accepted, are led in weekly rehearsals by TSYO Conductor Alain Trudel and coached by a faculty of TSO Musicians. The TSYO has a close affiliation with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra which is celebrated every season in a Side-by-Side Concert where TSYO musicians share the Roy Thomson Hall stage with TSO musicians. This close connection also brings many TSO Guest Artists to lead masterclasses, or guest conduct rehearsals for TSYO members. With TSYO alumni excelling in various disciplines throughout the world, the TSYO programme provides a unique and powerful life-enriching experience encouraging participants to high achievement no matter what career path they pursue.

ABOUT ALAIN TRUDEL: Music Director of Orchestra London Canada, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, the National Broadcast Orchestra, as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Alain Trudel is one of the most sought after conductors on the Canadian scene. Mr. Trudel is also a frequent guest with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Highly committed to the new generation of musicians, Trudel is very proud to be the conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO), and has been regularly invited to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Beyond the borders of Canada, he has conducted orchestras in the UK, the USA, Russia, Japan, Hong Kong, and in Latin America.

ABOUT NICOLE LI: Sixteen-year-old Nicole Li began her violin studies when she was three years old. Over the years she has won numerous grand prizes and scholarships, both provincially and nationally. Nicole has been a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) for the past five years and has performed as a soloist with a number of Canadian orchestras. She has performed in masterclasses for internationally renowned artists, such as violinists Leonidas Kavakos, James Ehnes, Aaron Rosand, Chin Kim, Vadim Gluzman, Leila Josefowicz, Renaud Capuçon, and Eduard Schmieder. As a senior student at the Young Artists Performance Academy of the Glenn Gould School, she currently studies under the tutelage of Atis Bankas. Aside from her musical endeavours, Nicole is a twelfth grade student at the University of Toronto Schools. She devotes much of her personal time participating in international community service initiatives, having volunteered in Cambodia, Thailand, Peru, and Fiji.

TSO 90th Season Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra is proudly supported by CIBC.
Tour cartage generously provided by the TSO’s Preferred Moving Company, Tippet-Richardson Limited


Sun, May 20, 2:30pm
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver
Alain Trudel, conductor

Shostakovich: Festival Overture
Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini
Smetana: The Moldau
(with VSYO) Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien

Tickets range between $10 - $35 and available at 604.737.0714 or

Tues, May 22 at 7:30pm
Nanaimo Port Theatre, Nanaimo

Alain Trudel, conductor
Nicole Li, violin

Smetana: The Moldau
Brahms: Violin Concerto No. 1, First movement
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis

Tickets range $12.50 - $30 and available by phone at 250.754.8550 or

Wed, May 23 at 7:30pm
Royal Theatre, Victoria
Alain Trudel, conductor
Nicole Li, violin

Smetana: The Moldau
Brahms: Violin Concerto No. 1, First movement
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis

Tickets range $14 - $24 and available through the Royal Theatre at 1.888.717.6121 or

About the TSO: Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s major cultural institutions and is internationally recognized as a leading orchestra. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Oundjian, the TSO is committed to innovative programming and showcases a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. In addition to performances, the TSO serves the community with one of the largest music education outreach programmes in Canada, connecting students throughout Ontario with acclaimed curriculum-based programming.

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