Artistic Leadership

Simon Rivard, Associate Conductor

Choral and orchestral conductor Simon Rivard was named in July 2020 as Associate Conductor for the 2020/21 season. Simon has been serving as RBC Resident Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2018 and over that time has worked closely with the Choir: preparing the TMC for their performances with the TSO; jointly conducting the TMC’s Festival of Carols concerts in December which featured the TSYO as guest artists; and directing the TMC-TSYO-TSO collaboration in May to create the virtual performance of Gabriel Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine. Simon takes over as David Fallis completes his two-year term as Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor in August 2020.

Simon Rivard’s appearances for the 2020-2021 season have been generously underwritten by an anonymous donor. We thank them for their support.

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David Fallis, Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor, 2018-20

Acclaimed Toronto conductor David Fallis was named in June 2018 as the Interim Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the TMC for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons. David concludes his position in August 2020. The TMC is so grateful for David’s artistic leadership over the past two years. A highlight was the 125th anniversary gala concert in October for which David commissioned Andrew Balfour to compose the powerful Mamachimowin. David also led the Choir’s first pandemic-era digital program, the re-imagined Great Poets in Music concert.

Gergely Szokolay, Collaborative Pianist

Hungarian born pianist Gergely Szokolay has performed both as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, North America and Japan while specializing in collaborative piano and working with renowned musicians. From 2005-2017 Mr. Szokolay was principal collaborative pianist for the Canadian Children’s Opera Company. In 2014 Mr. Szokolay appeared as soloist and collaborative pianist with Andrea Rost at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC. Equally at home in choral, lieder, operatic and string repertoire, Mr. Szokolay balances a busy schedule of teaching and performing. He begins his work with the TMC with the 2018/19 season.