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Denis Brott

Denis Brott

Cellist Denis Brott is recognized on the international stage as one of Canada’s finest and most distinguished performing artists. His discography lists 20 chamber music recordings, including the complete string quartets of Beethoven with the Orford String Quartet. The quality and musicality of these efforts were rewarded with two Juno Awards for Best Classical Recording by a Chamber Ensemble and the Grand Prix du disque. Winning the 1972 Munich International Cello Competition launched Denis’ career. Other prizes include the New York Affiliate Artist Award, the Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Award, the Merriweather Post Competition and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra Competition. Marlboro, Aspen, Sitka, Orford and Bard are among the many festivals in which Denis Brott has performed. As well, he was Artistic Director of the 1991 Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario. Since 1993, he spends his summer seasons on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California and regularly performs at numerous chamber music festivals in the United States and Canada. He returned to the Music Academy of the West and the Orford Festival in Québec for the summer of 1995. In the fall of 1995, he founded the two-week Festival de Musique de chambre de Montréal, a celebration of chamber music in the Chateau de Belvedere atop Mount-Royal. Denis Brott was on the jury for the 1993 Evian International String Quartet Competition in France. In September, 1996, he will be on the jury of the Munich International String Quartet Competition. Along with his concertizing as recitalist, chamber musician and soloist, he is Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, a position he holds since 1989. Of his recording entitled “Remembering Piatigorsky” Yo-Yo Ma said: “I have heard with great delight Denis Brott’s CD. His playing throughout is exemplary, full of the rich sound and technical wizardry the master exemplified… I think Piatigorsky would be proud.” In 1993 a CD of the works of his father, Alexander Brott, in which Denis is featured playing “Arabesque” for cello and orchestra, was released to wide acclaim. In 1995, Analekta released Denis Brott’s newest CD featuring three Brahms Sonatas, Op. 38, 78 and 99, with pianist Glen Montgomery, and his “Piatigorsky” CD. Denis Brott was the catalyst for the creation of the Instrument Bank of the Canada Council, which purchased an exceptional 1706 Tecchler cello for his exclusive life-time use.

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