This coming March, I am very excited to be making my debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, along with my partner, Iman Habibi (Piano Pinnacle). We will be performing as soloists in Camille Saint-Saëns’ ever-popular Carnival of the Animals, under the baton of the esteemed Maestro Bramwell Tovey.

Saint-Saëns wrote Carnival of the Animals in 1886, but purposely withheld the work from publication during his lifetime (with the exception of the famous Swan movement), fearing it would ruin his reputation as a serious musician and composer. In a letter to his publisher at the time, he admitted that he should be working on his Third Symphony, but that Carnival of the Animals was “such fun” (“…mais c’est si amusant!”). Subtitled a Grand Zoological Fantasy, the work is comprised of 14 movements, each representing a different animal. The result is a composition that is brimming with energy, humour, and catchy melodies. It is little wonder that once the work was published, it quickly became one of Saint Saëns’ best known and most loved compositions.

The concert will take place on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 2:00 pm, in the beautiful Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, BC. Children are encouraged to attend, although people of all ages are sure to enjoy it! For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit:

Orpheum Theatre:
601 Smithe St
Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4, Canada