Feb 3, 2016

Violinist and Guest Director Mira Glodeanu Returns for The Best of Mozart, Feb. 25-28, 2016

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“Glodeanu performs with intoxicating virtuosity and rare sensitivity ... There is a remarkable intimacy and adventurousness ..."  - THE STRAD

Toronto, February 3, 2016 … Following her Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra debut last month, Paris-based Romanian violinist Mira Glodeanu returns as guest director for The Best of Mozart, February 25 to 28, 2016 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall. The programme includes Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, and the Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, together with the Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola in E-flat Major featuring Tafelmusik’s Julia Wedman and Stefano Marcocchi as soloists. A Tafelscene 35 & Under Intermission Party takes place on Sat Feb 27 — free with the purchase of a concert ticket.
Ms. Glodeanu’s debut performances in Tafelmusik’s Vivaldi L’estro armonico programme last month were warmly received by audiences, and the Italian web magazine L’ape musicale remarked, “Mira Glodeanu is an extraordinary violinist … who directed Tafelmusik with grace and expressiveness, as well as great respect for the role of each musician.”  
The Best of Mozart is book-ended by two of the composer’s most celebrated works: the programme opens with Eine kleine Nachtmusik, a serenade scored for strings alone, and full of the composer’s characteristic elegance, wit, and charm. The concert concludes with Symphony no. 40 in in G Minor, a deeply personal, original, and intense work completed in 1788.   
The Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major is scored for violin and viola, and was among the most original works Mozart composed during his years in Salzburg. Two Tafelmusik musicians will be the featured soloists: violinist Julia Wedman, whose reputation for her solo performances with the group was quickly established since joining the orchestra in 2005, and who is also a member of I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble and the Eybler String Quartet; and the orchestra’s most recent member, the Parma-born violist Stefano Marcocchi, who moved to Toronto in the fall of 2014 to join Tafelmusik. A former member of two orchestras directed by Claudio Abbado — the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra — he has also been principal violist of Europa Galante since 2001. Marcocchi appears as principal viola with leading baroque orchestras in Italy and Europe, including Les Talens Lyriques, Accademia Bizantina, Il Complesso Barocco, Ensemble Zefiro, and I Barocchisti. 
Mira Glodeanu has performed as soloist and concertmaster around the world with baroque ensembles such as Collegium Vocale (Belgium), les Agrémens (Belgium), and Al Ayre Espagnol (Spain), among others. With Vincent Dumestre, in 2008 she formed the orchestra Le Poème Harmonique, where she holds the position of concertmaster. Ms. Glodeanu is also the current Artistic Director of Ensemble Philidor. She is professor of baroque violin at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and is a guest professor at the University of Salamanca, Spain.
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