The Italian Canadian Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Maestro Paolo Busato
The ICSO was founded to delight audiences and preserve Italian music in Canada.
"Dalla terra dall'amore... Hai il coraggio di non tornare?"
excerpt: Torna a Surriento
"from the land of love, do you have the courage not to return?
Who We Are
The ICSO mission is to entertain and enlighten audiences with the beauty, majesty and volume of Italian music and we wouldn’t be able to do it all without the help of our magical and talented team of artists; a professional/para-professional symphony orchestra. We showcase (not exclusively) Italian Classical and Operatic pieces. We’ve produced and hosted a wide range of performances and have an outstanding group of performers that really bring each of our productions to life. The Orchestra size varies from Chamber to full size and is available for Concerts, Festivals, and Ceremonies.
Maestro Paolo Busato
ARCT, FTCL, M.Mus, Prix D'Excellence
Paolo is an Italian Canadian, whose first language was Italian. He has conducted and performed all over the globe and lived in Canada, Italy, and France.
The Maestro studied conducting with Maestro Pierre Dervau in France; in Italy, with Maestro Leon Barzon and at Loma Linda University, California, with Maestro Herbert Blomsted. Paolo earned his Laureate after completing his conducting studies from Maestro Franco Ferrar in Sienna. Paolo earned his Masters of Music and a Prix D’Excellence in organ performance at the Conservatoire de Paris after studying under famed Romantic Organist, Marie Madeleine Durufle (wife of composer, Maurice Durufle).
The Maestro founded the Canadian American Orchestra in Paris, France in 1982 and then together with partners, Dr Samuel Dolan and Patricia Moorehead, they founded the Canadian Contemporary workshop Orchestra, Toronto, 1984 which thrives to this day.
Maestro Paolo is also a guest conductor with the Casa Loma Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Concert Orchestra, and Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra.
He is also a trained baritone and studied with Dixie Ross and Bill Neill at McGill University; with baritone, Louie Quilico, Inna Goldsband and Tomoko Okada (Interpretation), who is also Jeaneane Alemeyer’s coach in Germany (Wagnerian Soprano).
The Maestro has several instrumental, choral and vocal albums.
Select recordings available on iTunes:
• Toronto Virtuoso Ensemble – Classical Instrumental (an organ and two trumpets)
• Le Note Del Folklore Regionale Italiano - Italian traditional
• Nessun Dorma – Opera/Classical
• Paolo – Easy Jazz/Contemporary
Catriona's background is Marketing & Communications, Program Development and Management, and Event and Concert Planning in the not-for-profit sector. She is a strong partnership development professional with degree studies in: Not for Profit and Voluntary Sector Management, Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management.
A few career highlights are Catriona's success in working with: the Columbus Performing Arts Council coordinating the council and planning concerts for the Columbus Belle Voci, private label orchestra, the Ermanno Mauro Master Class, and assisting the Columbus Concert Band. She was also a lead for Furniture Bank's Chair Affair Gala for two years. In 2018, she co-chaired the Gala, and brought in host, Todd Talbot from Love it or List it Vancouver, as well as Canadian Crooner, Matt Dusk; it was their highest grossing fundraiser. This April, Catriona planned and executed the Maestro's Gala at Casa Loma with Maestro Paolo and the Casa Loma Symphony Orchestra.
Catriona developed and ran the Get Active Toronto Initiative, which was a successful citywide partnership (aimed at increasing physical activity in at-risk populations) between the public, private and not for profit sectors from 2007-2012. Through her efforts, this group released annual reports on physical activity.
RE: 2012 Get Active Toronto Report on Physical Activity - Physical Activity IS the Best Medicine
“This is outstanding, Catriona! . Congratulations on your extraordinary leadership on this important cause. Well done!” Scott Haldane, President and CEO YMCA Canada
RE: 2012 Recipient of $400,000 five-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation – their largest grant. “This is great news. I don't recall us ever receiving so much funding from Trillium on this project. Thank you for your good work in pulling the proposal together - it really resonated with our funder!” Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health, City of Toronto.
RE: Columbus Performing Arts Council Sponsorship and Coordinating 2015 VCLA Valentine’s Charity Gala “This was the best Valentine's I have ever had, to be honest. Who knew people could feel so happy and relaxed and connected? You really pulled off something very special, and I am humbled at your talent and so pleased we could raise so much money from so few.” Christine Bentley, Award winning Canadian Journalist and emcee of the Gala.
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”