Boris Brott, O.C., O.Q., O.Ont. D.Mus., LL.D., F.R.S.A.
Is one of the most internationally recognized Canadian conductors, holding major positions 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, Maestro Brott has contributed to the development of no less than six orchestras for which he was awarded, in 1987, Canada’s highest civic honour, Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2006, he was also made a member of the Order of Ontario. In 2013, maestro Brott was given an honorary doctorate from McGill’s Schulich School of Music. In June of 2014, he was made an Officer of the Order of Quebec.
Internationally, Maestro Brott has served as Assistant Conductor to the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, as Music Director and Conductor for the Royal Ballet (Covent Garden), the Northern Sinfonia and the BBC Welsh Symphony. He was the founding Music Director of the New West Symphony in Los Angeles from 1995 to 2011. In 2011, he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the historic Petruzzelli Theatre in Bari, Italy.
On top of his duties as Artistic Director of the MCO, Maestro Brott is currently the founding Artistic Director of the Brott Music Festival in Hamilton, and the National Academy Orchestra, Canada’s only professional training orchestra for young musicians.
I am thrilled to announce the 78th consecutive season of the McGill Chamber Orchestra.
NEW to this season are our 2 concert series, each with a special theme and appeal. The Série des Beaux- Arts is devoted to our more intimate concerts which will take place mainly at Bourgie Hall of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Série Lyrique focuses on the world’s greatest vocal repertoire and will take place in a variety of different venues including Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church, Monument National, and Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal. Supported by our accomplished orchestra, both of these series present acclaimed guest artists and repertoire that push the boundaries of our “classical” orchestra. Please take note of our new website orchestre.ca and our contemporary logo, both of which accent our innovative season. With so many exciting highlights to announce, I’m not sure where to begin. I hesitate to mention a few highlights in fear of leaving out other equally exciting details, but I can’t resist a peek: Wet your musical appetite with star studded soloists such as Ashley MacIsaac, Marc Hervieux, and Isa- bel Bayrakdarian. Enjoy our great repertoire, including the fully staged operas Candide (Bernstein) and Don Giovanni (Mozart), Mahler’s string version of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, and Barschai’s arrangement of Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony Op. 110a. We invite you to a dramatic interpretation of Handel’s Messiah, and the start of an annual Easter tradition with Bach’s St. John Passion.
I look forward to welcoming you as a subscriber to Montreal’s most eclectic and delicious concert series. Musically yours, Boris Brott Artistic Director and Conductor
Artistic Director & Conductor
Taras was the Interim Artistic Director at Calgary Opera from 2016 to 2018. Previously, from 2013 to 2016, Taras was the Executive Director of the McGill Chamber Orchestra when the organization doubled its budget in less than three years and erased its deficit. It is with great pleasure that he is taking back is position with the orchestra.
From 2005 to 2012, Taras was the founding Artistic Director of the Green Mountain Opera Festival, a successful regional opera festival based in Central Vermont. He built this festival from the ground up, acquiring a strong hands-on approach to producing opera at the highest possible level. He quickly built an excellent reputation in the industry by presenting quality productions of the most popular works featuring renowned artists. Under Taras’ leadership, this successful organization tripled its budget while remaining fiscally prudent.
Taras studied Economics at Concordia University in Montreal, music at McGill’s Schulich School of Music and opera at the University of Toronto.
Jean de Brabant
DirectorO.C., O.Q. Ont., D. Mus. LL.D., F.R.S.A.,Kt.St.J
DirectorC.C., G.O.Q., Dr.h.c.
DirectorR.N. B.A. LL. B B.C.L.
The honourable Barbara Seal
B.Mus., LL.B., LL.M.