Orchestre Metropolitain presents


The young prodigy and first prize winner at the Inaugural China International Music Competition, Tony Siqi Yun is making his Canadian debut with a performance of Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto, a gem of the Romantic era. Known as a poet of the keyboard, Yun’s performance of this incomparable work is at once masterful and expressive.

“Tony is a true poet of the keyboard. Expressive, and with his own distinct voice, yet elegant and poised.”- Pianist Magazine

Brahms’s famous lullaby takes dramatic twists and turns in his Second Symphony, going from bright and soothing to tragic introspection. But first, an orchestral transcription of African American composer Valerie Coleman’s captivating wind quintet, Umoja, Anthem for Unity, starts the concert off on a cheerful note. Featuring syncopated rhythms and catchy melodies, this piece is a perfect introduction to the contemporary flautist and composer’s work.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor
Tony Siqi Yun, Piano

Tony Siqi Yun was born in Toronto, Canada in 2001. Tony is a recipient of the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship at the Juilliard School where he studies with Professors Matti Raekallio and Yoheved Kaplinsky.

With playing that combines poetry and elegance, this fiercely charismatic young pianist is already being invited to perform at major venues on the world stage, including upcoming debuts at BOZAR, the Luxembourg Philharmonie, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, NDR Hannover, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and in Weimar.

This young pianist can already look back at an extraordinary concert career. In 2019, he made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in the final round of the First China International Music Competition, and has since been invited to perform with Nézet-Séguin in North America. His outstanding debut with the China Philharmonic Orchestra at the Third Polish Culture Festival led to an invitation to tour with the orchestra in 2015. Yun appeared with the China Philharmonic Orchestra again in the 2018-2019 season including the 2019 CCTV New Year’s Concert. In 2018, Yun successfully collaborated with the Cleveland Orchestra at the final round of the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition and won First Prize and the Audience Prize.

As a soloist, Yun has given recitals in North America, Europe and Asia. Highlights include recitals at the renowned Salle Cortot Concert Hall in Paris, Opera & and Concert Hall of CCOM, The Juilliard School, New York’s Steinway Hall and at the Heidelberger Frühling Music Festival.

COLEMAN, Umoja, Anthem for Unity
C. SCHUMANN, Piano Concerto
BRAHMS, Symphony No. 2

April 9, 2021 at 2:00pm
Webcast available until April 18, 11:59pm

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