“Astonishing maturity... Marika Bournaki displayed amazing refinement and poetry.”
- Thomas Beaujean, Aachener Zeitung

TORONTO (September 30, 2011) This November, twenty year-old Canadian musical sensation Marika Bournaki returns to Carnegie Hall to play a benefit recital for The Glenn Gould Foundation.

"We are proud to have worked with Marika on a number of exciting projects," said Brian Levine, Executive Director of the Foundation. "Her first benefit recital for us in 2008 was such a spectacular success that we jumped at the opportunity when she offered to support us with another performance," said Mr. Levine.

As part of its mission to extend the legacy of Glenn Gould, the Foundation recognizes and celebrates young artists of extraordinary promise, providing the kind of support that helped launch Gould’s meteoric rise. In 2007, Marika made a powerful impression on audiences when she opened the 18-month-long exhibition, Glenn Gould: The Sounds of Genius at the Canadian Museum of Civilization with a performance on Gould's favourite Steinway piano. The event also marked the international celebration of the 75th anniversary of Gould’s birth. Marika's New York debut in benefit of The Glenn Gould Foundation soon followed in 2008. She also performed in front of distinguished audiences at an event honouring the Eighth Glenn Gould Prize Jury, including the world-renowned dramatic tenor Ben Heppner, the late Academy-Award winning director, playwright and screenwriter Anthony Minghella, award-winning author Michael Ondaatje and famed composer, musicologist and broadcaster Peter Shickele.

Most recently, Marika performed for the Governor General of Canada at Ottawa’s Rideau Hall in a concert for young artists presented by The Glenn Gould Foundation, and she was introduced to Prime Minister Harper in his office in the Parliament Buildings.

The program this November in New York will feature Bach’s Partita no. 1 in tribute to Gould, as well as works by Beethoven, Schubert and Ravel in the intimate Weill Recital Hall. Gala tickets include cocktail reception and dinner in Rohatyn and Shorin Club rooms.

"We know that Marika’s recital will be an outstanding musical event that—thanks to her generosity—will benefit The Glenn Gould Foundation and help us continue our work to promote musical excellence and education," said Mr. Levine.

On her relationship with The Glenn Gould Foundation, Marika said, “I feel honored and privileged to be associated once more with The Glenn Gould Foundation and with Gould’s constant search for musical creativity. As a young artist, I’m excited to help The Glenn Gould Foundation continue its mission to honour Glenn Gould’s spirit and transform lives through the power of music.”

About Marika Bournaki

Montreal-born Marika Bournaki moved to New York when she was 14 years old, having already made her orchestral debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Orchestre Métropolitain by age 11. Now 20, she is completing her Bachelor’s Degree at the venerable Juilliard School and continues to bring classical music to new audiences. More recently, she performed Schumann’s Piano concerto with the St-Petersburg Symphony Orchestra at the Palaces of St-Petersburg Festival in Russia and played Grieg’s Piano concerto with the Montreal Symphony.

Other engagements include an opening-night performance at the Luminato Festival in Toronto and recitals at the National Arts Centre Debut Recital Series in Ottawa and at the Seoul Arts Center Opera House in South Korea; at the Flanders Festival in Belgium and on the Accordate Konzerte Series in Aachen, Germany. In addition to a broadcast of National Public Radio's From the Top, she has been featured on radio in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and on television in Canada and Europe. Flare Magazine named her one of Canada’s brightest young stars in culture and Marika is a finalist for Chatelaine’s 2011 Women of the Year awards.

General tickets to the public go on sale October 14, 2011 at Carnegie Hall box office. Reserved seats are $35 USD. www.carnegiehall.org

Visit www.marikabournaki.com and watch her recent performance at the Clara Haskil Competition in Switzerland.

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For more information, contact Victoria Buchy at The Glenn Gould Foundation - media@glenngould.ca - +1 416.962.6200

The mission of The Glenn Gould Foundation is to honour Glenn Gould’s spirit and legacy by celebrating brilliance, promoting creativity and transforming lives through the power of music and the arts with the Foundation's signature activities, including The Glenn Gould Prize.