Boris Brott 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 1988, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Law from McMaster University. In 2006, he was also made a member of the Order of Ontario. In 2013, Maestro Brott was awarded an honorary doctorate from McGill’s Schulich School of Music, and in June 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 National Orchestra of Wales. 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.
In addition to his duties as Artistic Director of the OCM since 2005, 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.