March 3, 2016
Thursday Evening, March 3, 2016 at 7:30 PM
111 East 33rd Street
NE Corner of Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Ignatz Waghalter: Mandragola Overture
Ignatz Waghalter: Violin Concerto in A-Major
Irmina Trynkos, soloist
Ignatz Waghalter: New World Suite
Guest Conductor: Alexander Walker
Music Director: Kyunghun Kim
Soloist: Irmina Trynkos
Irmina Trynkos has just been proclaimed as “one of the most exciting new soloists to have appeared recently” (Classical Lost and Found) and “clearly one to watch” (The WholeNote)
Her debut CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra became NAXOS’ best-seller of the season and straight away landed in the Top 20 Specialist Classical Charts. Luxembourg’s major music magazine Pizzicato awarded Irmina’s CD with its coveted Supersonic Award, calling her interpretation “engaging and eloquent”. The impact of this pioneering recording was in fact so major that it received personal praise by Naxos’ founder Klaus Heymann. As Fanfare reveals, “musical intelligence and emotional depth are hallmarks of Trynkos” and it is her curiosity that was the leading force behind the Waghalter Project. Thanks to her discovery of the genius artistic personality of Ignatz Waghalter, audiences around the world finally have the chance to get to know the once celebrated conductor, composer and his thriving music. Being Polish-German and of Jewish heritage made his life turbulent in the Europe of the 30s and 40s and led to his subsequent neglect. This extremely touching story accompanies his music’s revival in Irmina’s debut CD, including premiere recordings of all his violin works heard for the first time in 100 years.
Since her breakthrough performance conducted by Neeme Järvi at the Oistrakh Festival, Irmina has been establishing herself on the worldwide stage as “a genuine artist of exceptional talent” (Polish Radio). Her concert highlights include performances at the Berliner Philharmonie, Slovak Philharmonic, London’s Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall and most recently the debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam which received no less than 6 standing ovations.
Irmina’s performances and recordings are being broadcasted on international radio stations including BBC3, Radio 4 Netherlands, Kol Ha Musica Israel, Polish Radio 2, Concertzender Netherlands, Kulturradio Germany, Radio New Zealand and many more.
“Irmina is a very natural performer, always giving her outmost and impressing the audience with her interpretation, warmth and sensitivity. She loves being on the stage, which comes through in her playing and communication with the listeners” said acclaimed violinist Lydia Mordkovitch after one of her protégé’s recitals. Irmina’s Greek-Polish background, leaving bravely home at an early age and her troubled youth have strongly influenced her view on the world and the music. She became an unrivalled communicator and champion of classical music to the young and to new audiences as part of events for Live Music Now, The Worshipful Company Of Musicians and Concordia Foundation and others.
Irmina is a strong advocate of expanding theviolin repertoire. She is involved in reviving unknown violin compositions and always interested in premiering new works. In her future concert plans she will be premiering new pieces by Giorgi Latso, Stephen Mark Barchan and Nimrod Borenstein, whose “Sonata Concertante” is dedicated to Irmina and will be included on her next CD recording. Irmina plays on Jakob Stainer Violin from 1670.
Guest Conductor: Alexander Walker
Alexander Walker is in demand as a conductor throughout the UK and abroad. His work has taken him to Finland, Poland, Russia, the Far East, USA, the Balkans, Turkey and the former Soviet Union. He has been a frequent guest conductor with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and other appearances have included concerts with Prague Philharmonia (conducting Dvořák in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum), Georges Enescu Philharmonic, Belgrade Phiharmonic and the North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra.
In the UK, he has conducted the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and recently made his debut with the English Chamber Orchestra at London’s Cadogan Hall. He has also been developing a relationship with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra whom he has conducted in several concerts including their prestigious Elgar Birthday concert in Malvern at which Anthony Payne was presented with the Elgar Medal. In the UK he also appears regularly at a number of the country’s main concert halls such as London’s Barbican and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, conducting orchestras that have included the City of London Sinfonia, New Queen’s Hall Orchestra and London and Manchester Concert Orchestras. He has worked regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where he has conducted performances of The Nutcracker as well as touring with the Royal Ballet to the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres in Russia, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Kennedy Centre and elsewhere in the USA, to Singapore, Japan and Korea.
He has a passion for contemporary music and has been responsible for a number of first performances both in the UK and abroad.He records regularly for Naxos and his pioneering recordings of the music of Havergal Brian and Ignatz Waghalter have met both popular and critical success.
His enthusiasm for education has also led him to be proactive in organising a number of educational projects and workshops. He is on the conducting faculty of the Royal Academy of Music and the junior department of the Royal Academy of Music.
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