Local pianist Thomas Torok starts 2019 with a concert performance at Carnegie Hall in New York in early February. Barrie can hear him play on Feb. 13 at Bethel Community Church, 2:30 p.m.
Born in Hungary in 1998 to a musically talented family on his mother’s side, Torok, showed an interest in music from a very early age. At the age of five, his parents immigrated to Canada where he began formal piano lessons two years later.
From the age of 15, Torok has been studying at the Young Artists Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Since then, Thomas has played many concerts and recitals such as Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, with an orchestra at the Royal Conservatory’s prestigious Koerner Hall, Kerry Stratton’s Toronto Concert Orchestra and even the Huronia Symphony at the beginning of its 50th anniversary season.
He has also collected many prizes in local music festivals and competitions, including the Academy concerto competition in 2014, second place at the Canadian Music Competition 2014, runner up at the Texas International Competition 2015, and the New York International Piano Competition in 2016.
Since 2018, Torok has been studying at the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School under the tutelage of James Anagnoson and Li Wang.
Thomas Torok plays Beethoven, Chopin, and Dohnanyi at a free concert March 13 in Barrie.