Toronto Concert Orchestra
Mailing address: PO Box 47512 Don Mills, Toronto ONO M3C 3S7
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A traveling professional orchestra, Toronto Concert Orchestra can be heard from spring through fall in some of Toronto’s beautiful downtown concert halls and churches, as well as in communities across Ontario, where it offers a variety of musical offerings.
Founded by internationally renowned conductor and music director Kerry Stratton, the Toronto Concert Orchestra served as the orchestra-in-residence at the historic Casa Loma. Here he built the city’s favorite summer series, Symphony in the Gardens.
TCO presented its first symphonic concert at the Phoenix Concert Theater in Toronto in 2008, and it’s been going strong ever since! Our most popular concerts are our summer series, now called Symphony in the City.
TCO is paving the way for socially responsible and diverse programming. For us, this includes commissioning new Canadian and international works, as well as reviving masterpieces by forgotten composers of the past. One commission of which we are particularly proud is that of Ian Cusson Five songs on poems by Marilyn Dumonta work that explicitly highlights the mistreatment of Indigenous peoples by settlers in Canada.
Co-Artistic Director Sharon Lee
Rightly stowed “a compact fireball” (The Musical Scene), Sharon Lee gave her first concerto at the age of ten. Sharon has been concertmaster and TCO entrepreneur since 2014, and is music director of the Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, Sharon landed her first job as Principal Second Violin of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra at age 26. Invited to join the studio of the late Lorand Fenyves at age 16, Sharon performed at her memorial concert as her last student.
Sharon is the recipient of the Fenyves String Fellowship and the Orford String Quartet Award from the Ontario Arts Council.
Co-artistic director Marcus Scholtes
Multi-talented artist Marcus Scholtes excels on both violin and piano, frequently performing as a soloist on both instruments during the same concert program. More recently, he was appointed Co-Artistic Director of the Toronto Concert Orchestra and is also Associate Concertmaster of Sinfonia Toronto, a Juno award-winning ensemble. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he earned a doctorate in music, with minors in conducting and music education. Marcus is a former concertmaster of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchester in Germany and has toured much of Europe with that ensemble, and is an original member of UK-based Aldeburgh Strings who recently recorded two CDs, both critically acclaimed in the UK and Germany. More recently, he toured 10 cities in China with Sinfonia Toronto (2019). Apart from his musical interests, he is a driving and automobile enthusiast. Please visit www.scholtes.ca for a full biography and media.