Conductor and Artistic Director of Brott Music Festivals
Boris Brott Bio
Boris Brott is one of the most internationally recognized Canadian conductors, holding major posts as music director in Canada and the United States. He enjoys an international career as guest conductor, educator, motivational speaker and cultural ambassador.
In Canada, Mr. Brott has developed no less than six Canadian Orchestras: Thunder Bay Symphony, Regina Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, CBC Winnipeg, Symphony Nova Scotia, and most notably - The Hamilton Philharmonic, where Mr. Boris Brott was Music Director from 1969 to 1990. He was Artistic Advisor and Founder to the newly created Symphony Nova Scotia from 1984 to 1989.
Internationally, Mr. Brott has served as Assistant Conductor to the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, and as Music Director and Conductor for the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden (two years), Northern Sinfonia (five years), and the BBC Welsh Symphony (seven years).
In addition, Mr. Boris Brott has guest-conducted in Mexico, the United States, South America, Central America, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Scandinavia, Japan, Korea, Israel, the Netherlands, and most recently performed Bernstein's Mass, for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
Mr. Brott has won prizes in major international competitions: the Pan American Conductors Prize in Mexico, the Liverpool Conductors Competition in Great Britain, and the Dimitri Mitropoulos International Conductors Competition in New York, where he joined the ranks of Seiji Ozawa and Claudio Abbado as a Gold Medal Winner. In 1987, Boris Brott was awarded Canada's highest civic honour, Officer of the Order of Canada. Boris Brott was awarded an Honourary Doctorate of Law in 1988 at McMaster University, was made a Knight of Malta in 1990, selected as "International Man of the Year" by the International Biographical Center, in Cambridge England in 1992 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts of Great Britain in 1996.
Boris Brott has commitment to the development of new audiences and young artists. His programs have received rave reviews, in particular, a series of concerts bringing to life the great classical composers. The National Academy Orchestra, a unique mentor-apprentice program, in which emerging young musicians gain invaluable experience from working with seasoned professionals, stands as the centerpiece of his music festival in Ontario, Canada.
Besides numerous film and radio commitments, Mr. Brott has conducted, produced, and and hosted over 100 television programs on both sides of the Atlantic. He has recorded for CBC, Septre-Mace, Mercury, Pro-Arte Records and Sony Classical where CDs with the late Glenn Gould have recently been released.
Currently, Mr. Boris Brott is Artistic Director of Brott Music Festivals, established in 1988 as Ontario's principal classical music festivals; Conductor and Music Director of the New West Symphony, California, Artistic Director of Symphonia Canada, and Conductor of the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal.
He has developed a corollary career as a motivational speaker giving 35 presentations annually to Fortune 500 companies around the world linking music and business. The speeches centre around the "teamwork" and "creativity" aspects of music and business. A partial list of recent audiences included CEOs of IBM, American Express, American Airlines, Sandoz, Compaq, Intel, General Electric, Phizer, Pharmacia Upjohn, Sun Microsystems, and General Motors.
Guest conducting engagements include appearances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, Quebec Symphony, Orchestra London, Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Bari Symphony, Italy, Jerusalem Symphony, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Holland and London Symphony Orchestra, England.
Boris Brott is married to Ardyth Webster Brott an author and attorney. They have three children.