Boris Brott, conductor
Boris Brott is one of the most internationally-recognized North American conductors, holding major posts as music director in Canada, Europe and the United States. He enjoys an international career as guest conductor, educator, motivational speaker and cultural ambassador and has a particular commitment to the development of new audiences and young artists. In Canada, he has developed no less than six Canadian Orchestras. Internationally he 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, and Northern Sinfonia, and the BBC Welsh Symphony. In 2000, he conducted Bernstein's Mass, for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
Mr. Brott founded the Brott Music Festival in 1988 and the National Academy Orchestra in 1989. He is also founding music director and laureate conductor of the New West Symphony as well as music director of the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal.
Maestro Brott has received many honours and decorations among them Officer of the Order of Canada. Officer of the Order of Ontario and Knight of the Grand Order Of Malta. Boris was voted one of the top five Greatest Hamiltonians of All Time by Hamilton Spectator readers. In February 2007, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Tourism Hamilton, and is also the recipient of the 2007 National Child Day Award for his work in introducing classical music to over 2 million children in the course of his career.
Brott continues to perform regularly in Italy. He has recently been appointed as the principal guest conductor for one of Italy's major opera houses, the famed Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari where he has conducted productions of La Traviata and Madama Butterfly as well as symphonic concerts including Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Mahler and Ligeti. In Verona he has conducted regularly for the past three seasons. In Trieste he conducts regularly at the opera house Teatro Verdi with both opera and symphonic repertoire. In 2011 he conducted Samson and Delilah, in January 2012 he conducted seven performances of Donizetti's Anna Bolena and in February conducted their production of Verdi's La Battglia Di Legnano. In October 2012 he conducted La Battaglia at the Teatro Regio in Parma as part of the celebrated Verdi Festival in the composer's birthplace.
Boris Brott has a 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. 2012 marked its 24th year and the silver anniversary of Brott Festivals. Boris Brott presents motivational speeches to Fortune 500 companies and his students around the world linking music and business. The speeches center around "teamwork" "leadership" and "creativity.