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


After her successful New York debut in 2008, twenty year-old Canadian pianist Marika Bournaki returns to the stage in support of The Glenn Gould Foundation. Join us for this intimate musical event in one of North America's landmark performance venues.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Reception - 5:30pm
Recital - 8:00pm

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

New York City

J.S. Bach
Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825

Franz Schubert
Sonata in A major, D.664

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No. 30, Op. 109, in E major

Maurice Ravel

Photo by Rene Perez

The Glenn Gould Foundation would like to thank State Street Global Markets and the Quebec Government Office in New York for their generous event sponsorship support. Thank you also to Mr. Pierre Bournaki and Carnegie Hall.

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Quebec NY Delegate

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About Marika Bournaki and The Glenn Gould Foundation:

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.

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.

Last December, 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. Click here for photos.

For more information about this event, contact us at or call +1 416.962.6200.