Community-based orchestra consisting of professional and highly skilled amateur players from the Hamilton and Burlington areas.

Joanna Gorska — 2016 YAC Senior Winner


Posted on January 17th, by Peter Macdonald in Community, Guest Artist, Soloist, Young Artists Competition. No Comments

Joanna Gorska — 2016 YAC Senior Winner

Joanna Gorska is a graduate of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists and a current student of The University of Toronto. Since an early age she has performed and won numerous awards at various music festivals and competitions, including the main prize of the Kiwanis Festival in London – Rose Bowl, two gold medals at the OMFA Provincial Finals and the first place in her age category in Canadian Music Competition in Vancouver in 2015. As the first prize winner of the American Protege International Concerto competition she was invited to perform at the gala concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. She performed as a soloist with The Stratford Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener -Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, The Toronto Sinfonietta, The Celebrity Symphony Orchestra and the RCM Academy Chamber Orchestra. Joanna is a versatile musician – she passed her ARCT in Piano Performance with distinction and twice was awarded the Ontario Gold Medal for receiving the highest mark in the province for her classical guitar RCM exams.

Joanna will be playing Wieniawski’s Polonaise de Concert for Violin at our “Rising Stars” concert on Sunday, April 2, 2017.





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Symphony on the Bay

Symphony on the Bay is a community-based symphony orchestra serving Hamilton, Burlington and surrounding areas. We began in 1973 as the McMaster Symphony Orchestra, left the university to become Symphony Hamilton in 1988, and rebranded as Symphony on the Bay in 2011 to reflect our role in the wider Hamilton-Burlington community. We made our new home in the magnificent Burlington Performing Arts Centre in 2011. Maestro Claudio Vena was appointed Conductor and Music Director in December 2015, succeeding Maestro James R. McKay who was our Conductor and Music Director for 19 years and now holds the title of Music Director Emeritus. Our orchestra, comprised of students, highly skilled amateurs and a core of professional players, is looking forward to this new chapter in the life of Symphony on the Bay. We hope you will be part of this new chapter!

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