The Brott Music Festival (est. 1988) is the largest non-profit orchestral music festival in Canada – the only Festival with a full-time, professional orchestra-in-residence.
The Brott Music Festival is renowned for its extremely high artistic standard, world class soloists, its exuberant young orchestra and its eclectic mix of orchestral, chamber, jazz, pops and education concerts at various venues in the Greater Hamilton and Burlington area. It makes occasional run outs to Toronto and Muskoka.
We have attracted world class soloists and other artists/personalities to Hamilton, including James Ehnes, Anton Kuerti, Pinchas Zukerman, Marc Garneau, Karen Kain, Valerie Tryon, former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, Mordecai Richler, Roberta Bondar and Michael Ondaatje, to name only a few.
The National Academy Orchestra of Canada (est. 1989) provides an extraordinary opportunity for emerging young Canadian professional musicians to:
a)work alongside professional musicians from Canada’s finest orchestras
b) acquire and improve their orchestral skills and repertoire
c) to refine their auditioning prowess d) to learn innovative ways to become entrepreneurial in their profession and,
e) to make important contacts leading to employment.
Boris Brott is the founding Artistic Director of the Festival and the National Academy Orchestra in addition to his duties as Artistic Director of the McGill Chamber Orchestra, Montreal; Education and Outreach Conductor for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa and most recently as permanent Guest Conductor at The Petruzzelli Theatre in Bari, Italy.
Maestro Brott has an international reputation and has, throughout his career, demonstrated a commitment to audience development, Canadian music and the musical education of young people. The BMF is a natural result of his 40 years experience in developing orchestras, guest conducting internationally. Boris Brott has always been interested in pushing the artistic envelope and has long been a pioneer and a prominent Hamiltonian.