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Opening Keynote Speaker Luncheon featuring Boris Brott

10 May 2012



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You won’t want to miss this year's keynote speaker: Boris Brott

Boris Brott will set the stage for this year’s Conference “The Music of Architecture” and get us off to a resounding, playful start! You will experience the power of music and the tone for the subsequent days of the Conference will be struck.

Boris Brott, one of the most internationally recognized Canadian conductors, will speak to us about collaboration and the role of the architect as conductor. He enjoys an international career as guest conductor, educator, motivational speaker and cultural ambassador. 

Currently, Boris is Conductor and Music Director of the New West Symphony in California, the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal, the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Center of Canada. He is also Artistic Director of the Brott Musical Festivals, Ontario's principal classical orchestra music festival.

Brott studied law at the University of Western Ontario 1992-5, and in 1995 began giving motivational seminars to Fortune 500 companies using symphonic music as a metaphor. Thousands of people across corporate America have heard his interactive presentations drawing comparisons between business and symphony orchestras. Both have common goals, each must perform in harmony to achieve those goals, and each continually strives for perfection. 

Boris will explore the juxtaposition of teamwork, leadership and creativity; the joy of communication and the achievement of success within the profession through the medium of music. Get ready for an entertaining, fun and meaningful Keynote address.

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Boris Brott is one of the most internationally recognized Canadian conductors, holding major posts as music director in Canada and the United States. He enjoys an international career as guest conductor, educator, motivational speaker and cultural ambassador. 

Currently, Boris is Conductor and Music Director of the New West Symphony in California, the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal, Canada, the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Center of Canada. He is also Artistic Director of the Brott Musical Festivals, Ontario's principal classical orchestra music festival.

Internationally, Boris has served as Assistant Conductor to the New York Philharmonic under the late Leonard Bernstein, Music Director and Conductor for the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, Chief Conductor of the BBC National Symphony of Wales and Music Director of the Northern Sinfonia of England. His extensive guest-conducting appearances have been around the world. In 2000, he conducted Leonard Bernstein's The Mass for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. 

In 1988, Boris was awarded the Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civic honor. That same year, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law at McMaster University. Two years later, he was made a Knight of Malta. In 1992, he was selected International Man of the Year by the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, England. In 1996, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts of Great Britain. In 2006, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario.

In addition to his conducting career, Boris is a motivational speaker, presenting more than 35 talks annually around the world for Fortune 500 companies. 

Besides numerous film and radio commitments, Mr. Brott has conducted, produced, and and hosted over 100 television programs on both sides of the Atlantic. He has recorded for CBC, Septre-Mace, Mercury, Pro-Arte Records and Sony Classical where CDs with the late Glenn Gould have been released.

He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife, Ardyth, who is an author and lawyer. The Brotts have three children and two dogs.