ZELENKA plays BACH: Concert & CD Launch

Glenn Gould Studio: Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 3PM

For Immediate Release – April 15, 2010: Toronto cellist Winona Zelenka, recognized for her warm and luminous tone, celebrates the launch of her two-CD recording, J. S. Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello on Marquis Classics with an exclusive performance. On Sunday, June 6 (note the 3PM starting time), Winona Zelenka takes centre stage at Glenn Gould Studio to perform Bach’s hauntingly beautiful Suites 1, 2 and 6.

“My journey with the Bach Suites has been at the very heart of my odyssey as a musician”, explains Zelenka. “With this recording, I feel I have expressed the search for my artistic soul that began as a child and continues, as a servant of music who wishes above all else to tell a story. With this as my greatest desire, I continue to believe that there is nothing that can’t be said with this amazing music.”

One of Canada’s finest cellists on the scene today, Winona Zelenka is known for her expressive brilliance. Active as a soloist, chamber and leading symphony musician, Zelenka continually mesmerizes her audiences with her impeccable musicality, superb technique and elegant style. "Some of the most beautiful singing … came from the cello of Winona Zelenka. Her opening solo… was breathtaking – floating with effortless musicality yet free of display or garishness." - National Post. Winona Zelenka performs across Canada and the U.S.A. Her debut as soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra was in 2006, playing Strauss’s Don Quixote. In addition to numerous concerto appearances since then, she has appeared on many prominent stages and series, such as the Ottawa Chamberfest, and with the Zukerman Chamber Players at the 92nd St. Y in New York. Ms. Zelenka is also a proponent of new music. Several composers have written especially for her, including Chris Paul Harman and Michael Pepa. She is featured in the soundtrack to such notable films as Atom Egoyan’s “Adoration,” István Szabó’s “Being Julia,” and the IMAX film “Under The Sea.” Exciting new projects include films inspired by the Suite for Solo Cello by Gaspar Cassado, by Moving Head Productions. Upcoming engagements include the Stratford Summer Music Festival (July-August 2010), where she will continue to explore the music by J.S. Bach.

The cello used in this recording was made in 1707 by Joseph Guarnerius of Cremona, Italy, son of Andrea and father of Joseph “Del Gesu”. The Cremonese instruments of this period are considered the summit of achievement and this Joseph Guarneri filius Andreae cello proves the rule. It possesses an exceptional amount of dark red varnish for its age and is known for its rich magnificent tone. It was owned for many years by renowned teacher and soloist Janos Starker, who played it in Europe for his frequent tours and recordings. The current owners are enthusiastic patrons of the musical arts, Dr. Edward Pong and Mrs. Amy Pong of Toronto.

ZELENKA Plays BACH: Suites for Solo Cello 1, 2 and 6 Sunday, June 6 at 3PM at Glenn Gould Studio: 250 Front Street West, Toronto
For tickets - $35 & $25 (seniors/students), please call (416) 872-4255
Ticket Info: roythomson.com CD signing session in the Lobby of Glenn Gould Studio will follow the performance www.winonazelenka.com www.marquisclassics.com MEDIA CONTACT: Francine Labelle/flINK (416) 654-4406 labellefrancine@rogers.com