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Toronto Concert Orchestra Announces Sharon Lee as Artistic Director

Toronto Concert Orchestra Announces Sharon Lee as Artistic Director

Toronto, ON – July 4, 2024 – The Toronto Concert Orchestra (TCO) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Sharon Lee as Artistic Director, effective immediately. With a multi-faceted career marked by excellence and innovation in programming concepts, Lee brings a wealth of experience and a dynamic vision to one of Toronto’s leading orchestras.

Sharon Lee is respected for her artistry, thoughtful leadership, and commitment to musical excellence. Her appointment came naturally to the Toronto Concert Orchestra Board of Directors, and marks the first woman to have held this position with the Toronto Concert Orchestra, as well as the first person of colour.
“I am deeply honoured to lead the Toronto Concert Orchestra as Artistic Director,” said Sharon Lee. “Toronto has a vibrant musical community, and I am eager to collaborate with the talented musicians of TCO to create inspiring performances that resonate with our diverse audiences.”
Lee’s appointment promises to be transformative as she leads the orchestra into a new era of artistic innovation and community engagement. Her first season opens with the concert “Songs of the World at Home,” an ambitious program featuring three piano soloists from three diverse backgrounds, as well as collaborations with TCO musicians to celebrate the many heritages found within the orchestra. Lee continues to be supported by Co-Artistic Director Marcus Scholtes. Beyond this inaugural season, Lee and Scholtes plan to create initiatives that nurture emerging talent and expand the orchestra’s outreach across Toronto and beyond.
“We are delighted to embrace Sharon Lee as Artistic Director of the TCO family,” said Janet Qi, Chair of the Board. “Her exceptional musicality and visionary leadership will undoubtedly inspire our musicians and enrich our community through the power of orchestral music.”
Lee’s appointment as Artistic Director marks the first woman conductor to head a professional symphony orchestra in the city of Toronto, and cements TCO as a visionary organization with all female leadership including Board Chair Janet Qi and Executive Director Kaija Corlazzoli.
The Toronto Concert Orchestra looks forward to a thrilling era under Sharon Lee’s direction, beginning with a meticulously curated Symphony in the City summer season. Details about the upcoming season, including concert schedules and special events, are available on the TCO website.

For more information about Sharon Lee and TCO, please visit www.tcomusic.ca

The Toronto Concert Orchestra is a leading Canadian orchestra known for its exceptional performances and commitment to musical excellence. Founded in 2008 by the late Maestro Kerry Stratton, TCO is dedicated to enriching the cultural landscape of Toronto through enjoyable high quality orchestral performances.

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“The Orchestra was able to showcase their talents.. Dr. Scholtes demonstrated his ability to control and direct.. Even without singers, this operatic, jazz-influenced music came alive.”

Catherine Waffle, Barrie Concert Review, 2019 (Gershwin Greats program)
An itinerant professional orchestra, Toronto Concert Orchestra can be heard from spring through fall in some of downtown Toronto’s magnificent concert venues and churches, as well as in communities across Ontario, where it delivers diverse musical offerings.
Founded by internationally recognized conductor and music director, Kerry Stratton, the Toronto Concert Orchestra served as the orchestra-in-residence at the historic Casa Loma. Here, it built the city’s perennial favourite summer series, Symphony in the Gardens.

TCO presented its first symphony concert at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre in 2008, and has been going strong since! Our most popular concerts are our summer series, now called Symphony in the City.

TCO is charting a course in socially responsible and diverse programming. To us, this includes commissioning new Canadian and international works, as well as reviving masterpieces by overlooked composers of the past. One commission we are particularly proud of is Ian Cusson’s Five Songs on Poems by Marilyn Dumont, a work that explicitly highlights the mistreatment of indigenous peoples by settlers in Canada.

TCO attracts and features distinguished guest artists and conductors, and has performed at prominent venues in Toronto to appeal to a wide cross-section of guests. Our summer series is known to be genre-inclusive; this year, you’ll hear music from Mozart’s mixed-race contemporary, Joseph Bologne, to the ever-loved and legendary Elton John.

TCO Team

THE TEAM

Co-Artistic Director: Sharon Lee

Sharon Lee

Artistic Director

Toronto Concert Orchestra Marcus. Multi-talented artist Marcus Scholtes excels on both the violin and piano.

Marcus Scholtes

Co-Artistic Director

Toronto Concert Orchestra (TCO) Executive Director: Kaija Corlazzoli

Kaija Corlazzoli

Executive Director

Board of Directors

Chair | Janet Qi
Treasurer | Robert Grant
Director | Wojciech Okulicz
Director | Elizabeth Marwick-Stratton
Director | Cindy Zhang
Director | Ji Hyun Kwon

To Kerry

About Kerry

Kerry Stratton served as artistic director for the Toronto Concert Orchestra until he passed away due to complications of ALS.
“The music expertly played with Kerry Stratton conducting, is a delight throughout”
The Washington Post

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