1335 S. Michigan Ave
Padre Antonio Soler
Johann Sebastian Bach
2 Preludes and Fugues in c minor and C Major
Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 in E flat Major
Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 in g minor
Polonesa Fantasia Op. 61
Evocación and Albaicín ( From Iberia Suite)
Sylvia Toran was born in Madrid and began her musical studies at age 6 with Avelina Lopez Chiciheri. In 1974 she joined the Madrid Royal Consevatory at the Department of Joaquin Soriano finishing her studies in 1981 with Extraordinary Prize.
In 1982 she was awarded a scholarship by the Fulbright Commission to study at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, where she obtained the “Maser of Music Degree” under the direction of Earl Wild. Later she extended her studies with Almudena Cano in Madrid and Halina Czerny-Stefanska in Krakow.
In 1985 she won the Fiirst Prize at the International Competition “Masterplyers” in Lugano, Switzerland. In 1987 she made her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, earning laudatory reviews in the New York Times. In 1991 she is awarded with the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts Scholarship in Rome. In 2011 she was awarded the Music Prize of the Community of Madrid.
Sylvia Toran has toured recitals and concerts with orchestras in Europe, USA, Latin America, the Middle East and Australia, in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Chicago Orchestra Hall and Grant Park Festival in Chicago, Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Sydney Opera House etc., always with the best reviews.
Besides playing with most Spanish orchestras, she has also joined foreign formations, such as the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphonietta, Symphony Masachusetts, Moscow Virtuosi, Orchestra of Lithuania, Philarmonia Kiev, Chamber Orchestra Lubliana, etc., with conductors like Paul Freeman, Saulius Sondeckis, Josep Pons, Cristobal Soler, Juan Udaeta, Juanjo Mena, Cristobal Halffter, Pedro Halfftr, Garcia Navarro, Mihnea lgnat, Guillermo Garcia Calvo, Victor Pablo, Philippe Bender, etc.
She has taken part in lbermusica Series, Chamber Season and Polyphony at the National Auditorium and Teatro Real in Madrid, Autumn Festival I, Festival “Summer Classics”, Festival of Sacred Art, Grant Park Festival (Chicago), etc.
In 2007 she achieved a great success with the complete serie of Beethoven concerts, organized by The National Heritage of Spain at the Monastery of El Escorial. In 2011 she made a new US tour, from Seattle to New York, with a new triumph at Carnegie Recital Hall for “Water Recital”, titled in honor of Albeniz. Her homage to Chopin, Liszt and Montsalvatge have taken her to Slovenia, Austria, Ukraine and the United States of America.
With the British label ASV, Sylvia Toran has published a CD devoted entirely to Chopin, and in 2015 another dedicated to her Live concerts 2014, with the collaboration of pianist Ram on Grau. She has also recorded for Radio WFMT in Chicago, Los Angeles, National Radio of Spain, RTVE and for Polish Television.
She has taught master classes in Europe, Australia and the United States of America.