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As one of Canada’s premiere arts organizations, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) plays a vital role in the city’s dynamic cultural life. The TSO offers a wide range of programming that resonates with people of all ages and backgrounds. With a notable recording and broadcast history complementing international touring engagements, the TSO is a unique musical ambassador for Canada around the world.


The TSO continues its long-established history of connecting younger generations with orchestral music. Two core programs include School Concerts, performed for over 40,000 students annually, and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO), which, in a tuition-free model, offers high-level orchestral training for talented young musicians aged 22 and under. Additionally, the TSO supports the development of next-generation artists through its annual open call for Canadian orchestral scores, and its essential Resident Conductor and Affiliate Composer positions.


Gustavo Gimeno begins his role as the TSO’s Music Director in the 2020/21 season, the Orchestra’s 99th. With this appointment, Maestro Gimeno became the Orchestra’s 10th Music Director.


Critically acclaimed for his ability to elicit fresh and vibrant performances, Maestro Gimeno has conducted leading orchestras in Europe, North America, and Japan. He also serves as Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. The TSO was founded in 1922 by a group of Toronto musicians and gave its first performance at the historic Massey Hall. Since 1982, Toronto’s iconic Roy Thomson Hall has been the TSO’s home, drawing patrons from around the world. 


As the TSO celebrates its centenary in the 2022/23 season, smART Magazine is proud to partner with the orchestra to highlight this monumental season through dynamic and in-depth coverage of all facets of the organizations. 




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The TSO’s new director is looking up to the downbeat

Despite pandemic delays, the TSO’s conductor keeps up the tempo on everything from leadership changes to progressive programming.

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“If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’ll end up on the menu.”

Mark Williams’s arrival as the new CEO of the TSO brings along a unique perspective informed by time with leading orchestras across North America.

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A Canadian Music Icon Wearing Multiple Hats on Stage

The genre-defining soprano and conductor weighs in on nurturing young artists and steering classical music through the 21st century.

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Walking the Walk on Dynamic Programming

April 30th, 2022
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