Teenage Violin Sensation Plays Barrie

Austria’s teenage violin sensation Elisso Gogibedashwili takes a starring role at the first concert of Barrie Concerts season. She will be performing with Sinfonia Toronto, conducted by Nurhan Arman.

Elisso Gogibedaschwili was born in 2000 in Vorarlberg/Austria into a multicultural family of musicians. She was six-years-old when she won multiple first prizes at the Austrian Young Musicians Competition ‘Prima la Musica’, both in the violin and piano sections. She won further prizes at the international competitions in Lithuania and in Sicily/Italy.

Gogibedaschwili made her solo debut with the orchestra in 2010 and has since performed all over the world. She is currently studying at the Bundesgymnasium in Feldkirch, Austria.

She will be performing Paganini’s First Violin Concerto in Barrie.

Sinfonia Toronto, considered to be one of Canada’s finest chamber orchestras, has performed in Barrie numerous times in the past. In addition to touring regularly across Ontario, the orchestra has enjoyed great success internationally.

Nurhan Arman founded Sinfonia Toronto in 1998. He has also conducted numerous orchestras all over the world.

Born to Armenian parents in Istanbul, he played his first violin recital at the age of 13. After arriving in the United States on a Disney Foundation scholarship, he concertized from coast to coast, appearing in major US cities as well as at prestigious music festivals in Tanglewood, Spoleto, New York, and Florida and then leading US orchestras as concertmaster. He moved to Canada in 1982.

The concert takes place on Oct. 19 at Hiway Pentecostal Church, Barrie, 7:30 p.m. For tickets and/or subscription email: info@barrieconcerts.org or call 705-728-8453 or 705-737-4927.

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