Friday, August 30, 2013

Tuesday Serenade, February 4, 2014 @ 7pm

Julian Toha, piano : Immersion

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At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, Jacksonville Public Library will host Immersion, a free concert event featuring pianist and multimedia performance artist Julian Toha.

Currently engaged in a 30-city concert tour throughout the United States, Toha is known for his passionate performances and innovative concert design. His Immersion is a through-composed performance piece which combines music with dance, poetry and the visual arts.

Immersion will be held in the Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, at 303 Laura Street North.

Since Toha’s Infinite Potential Tour 2012, he has emerged as one of the industry’s leading innovators. Composed of over 45 concerts and engagements from Miami to New York City, Toha’s 8 week Infinite Potential Tour 2012 showcased an original 3D film, marking the first-ever use of 3D film in live classical music performance. In addition to his 3D production Stereoscopic Impressions,  the concert featured four more ground-breaking works: InsomniacProject EaselElements, and Law of Attraction; including world premieres of Elements by American composer John Callahan and Search for Your Google by South Korean composer Chorong Park.

Following premieres with the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra and the Florida State University Philharmonia in February 2009, Toha cultivated a growing career allowing him to share his communicative performances with audiences everywhere. In summer 2009, Toha brought his passion for music to Europe playing debut concerts in Italy, Spain, France and Germany. Then Toha debuted in Los Angeles in June 2010 under maestro Frank Fetta and the Culver City Symphony Orchestra. In spring 2011, Toha embarked on his first major concert tour, American Tour 2011, consisting of 24 concerts and engagements across the United States including a performance with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra under maestro Jeffrey Rink. Recently, in London’s National Gallery of Art, Toha performed a solo concert while discussing the relationships of the compositions with several of the masterpieces on the surrounding walls of the museum. In August 2012, Toha performed concerts on the Greek island of Poros.

A recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, Toha’s most prestigious was earning the title of National Presser Scholar 2009. Under the tutelage of Professor Leonard Mastrogiacomo, Toha graduated in May 2010 with a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from Florida State University. Prior to FSU, he studied with pedagogue Sue Colvert. Toha now resides in London studying piano at the Royal College of Music with Professor Ian Jones.

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