TORONTO is a city rich in concert halls. We have 5 downtown (Massey Hall, Koerner Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, the Glenn Gould Studio and the Mazzoleni) and 1 in North York (the Weston). Of them all, the MAZZOLENI is the least well-known, overshadowed by its glamourous sister, the KOERNER.
The MAZZOLENI, with 237 seats, is named after Dr. Ettore Mazzoleni, principal of the Royal Conservatory of Music from 1945-68, and director of the Conservatory Orchestra. It opened in 1901 as the Castle Memorial Hall, with a chapel and stained glass windows on the ground floor, and a library on the lower level. By the 1960s, the University of Toronto, which used the space as a lecture hall, bricked up the windows and removed a rear balcony. Beginning in 1996, the Hall and the entire Conservatory were restored.
GLENN GOULD – arguably the Conservatory’s most outstanding pupil – studied theory, organ, and piano, graduating at the age of 12 in 1946 with an ARCT diploma of the highest honours.