Ronald Royer's Music and Conducting Featured on New Recording,
with launch in Toronto, June 28, 2012

DEBUT ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

PREMIERES

Conrad Chow, violin & Angela Park, piano
Gallery 345 – Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 7:30PM

For Immediate Release – Toronto, ON: May 24, 2012: Canadian violinist Conrad Chow celebrates the launch of his debut CD, PREMIERES with a special performance at Toronto’s Gallery 345 on Thursday, June 28. The recording, on Cambria Master Recordings (Cambria CD-1204; distributed by Naxos) features premiere recordings of music by Bruce Broughton - the renowned OSCAR® Nominee, Emmy® Award-winning L.A. film composer - and works by Canadian composersRonald Royer and Kevin Lau, brilliantly performed by Conrad Chow and the celebrated SINFONIA TORONTO, conducted by Ronald Royer. PREMIERES also includes a bonus track, featuring Conrad Chow and Bruce Broughton (playing piano this time), delivering Chopin’s Nocturne in C# Minor with infectious verve and passion. On June 28, Conrad Chow will appear with Canadian pianist Angela Park.

“The focus of this CD centers on the concept of the Premiere: the first showing of, or introduction to, something new. To that effect, I’m honoured to present each of the works on this CD for the first time on a recording”, remarks Conrad Chow. “While new, each piece is inspired by earlier musical styles: Bruce Broughton’s Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra, Triptych evokes elements of the Baroque, 20th-century Prokofiev, and Celtic fiddle music of Scotland; his Gold Rush Songs are based on traditional American folksongs. Ronald Royer’s Rhapsody was inspired by compositions of the mid-19th to early-20th centuries; the inspiration of his In Memoriam J. S. Bach needs no explanation. Kevin Lau’s Joy is inspired by turn-of-the-century Romanticism, as well as film music.”

Whether performing at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall in New York, or Qingdao Grand Auditorium in China, Canadian violinist Conrad Chow has won over audiences with his interpretations of music from different centuries, continents, and styles. As a communicator, he delights in forging strong emotional connections with his listeners and introducing them to music with which they may not be familiar. Critics have called him a “world-class talent” (Escarpment Views) who “perform[s] with passion . . . leaving the audience deeply intoxicated and spellbound” (Changshu Radio), and have hailed the “full, sweet, seductive intensity of Chow’s sound” (Halifax Chronicle-Herald).

A laureate at the International Stepping Stone Competition in Quebec, Conrad Chow leads a rich performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. He is also a devoted teacher. Despite his young age (Dr. Chow is 30), he is currently on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory’s Young Artists Performance Academy in Toronto, Canada, and Visiting Professor of Violin at the University of Jinan College of Music in Shandong, China. He performs on a 1933 Gaetano Pollastri violin.

PREMIERES features Conrad Chow with SINFONIA TORONTO, conducted by Ronald Royer. SINFONIA TORONTO is one of Canada’s finest chamber orchestras, whose core of virtuoso strings perform standing, in the tradition of great European chamber orchestras, achieving a dynamic blend that combines the intensity of solo performance, the intimacy of chamber music, and a brilliant ensemble sonority.

The concerti were recorded July 4–6, 2011, at Revolution Recording (Toronto) by Jeff Wolpert. The violin and piano pieces were recorded October 14, 2011, at Firehouse Recording Studios (Pasadena, CA) by Ed Woolley. The album was edited and mixed at Desert Fish (Toronto) by Jeff Wolpert. Producers for the project are Jeannie Gayle Pool and Ronald Royer. PREMIERES (Cambria CD-1204) is distributed by Naxos, and will be in Canadian stores as of June 26, 2012 (digital release is June 5).

The making of Bruce Broughton's Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra, Triptych was captured by well-known Canadian filmmaker Saul Pincus – who will be on hand on June 28 to talk about the relationship between music and film. The documentary on the making of PREMIERES features Conrad Chow and Sinfonia Toronto in the recording studio. Stay tuned: details about the release of this fascinating short film - to take place via Film Score Monthly Online (FSMO) at www.fsmonlinemag.com – will be announced shortly.

See Conrad Chow video clips on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/ConradChowViolin/videos
Visit Conrad Chow’s website at http://www.conradchow.com/

More interesting links:
Bruce Broughton: http://www.brucebroughton.com/
Ronald Royer: http://www.ronaldroyer.com/
Kevin Lau: http://www.kevinlaumusic.com/
Cambria Music: http://www.cambriamus.com/

Naxos: http://www.naxos.com/

DEBUT ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
“PREMIERES”
Conrad Chow, violin & Angela Park, piano
Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 7:30PM
Gallery 345: 345 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto
Tickets: $30 regular; $25 Students/Seniors/Arts Workers
Reservations can be made by calling 416 822.9781 or via email info@gallery345.com

           
For more information, please contact Vanessa Lam at:
vanessa.lam51@gmail.com