Tomorrow (January 28), French–Turkish conductor Serâ Tokay will conduct the Lutèce Philharmonia, a chamber orchestra composed of a string quintet and a range of brass and woodwind instruments that she formed in 2011, through a repertoire featuring Berg, Schönberg and Webern at the Carnegie Hall in New York.
Tokay was born in Istanbul into a family with Russian origins. She completed her studies at the Lausanne Conservatory and the National Conservatory of Limoges. Greatly influenced by Janos Fürst, Vsevolod Polonsky, Alain Voirpy and H. Klopfenstein, she spent seven years studying under the baton of the young Russian conductor, V. Polonsky (who has conducted the Saint-Petersburg Academic State Symphony Orchestra). He introduced her to the spiritual heritage of Soviet composer Yevgeny Mravinsky and the celebrated Russian school. Ever since then, Tokay has been greatly interested in the empathic relationship between the conductor and her instrumentists.
The concert commences at 8.00pm at the Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York. Tickets are $20–25 and you can purchase them through the telephone booking line on +1 212 247 7800 or from the box office at 57th and Seventh Streets, New York.