Boris Brott

Speech Topics

  • Making Music Together

Boris Brott

Acclaimed symphony conductor and motivational speaker

Boris Brott is one of the most well-recognized and respected conductors in the world, 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.

In Canada, Brott has developed no less than six Canadian Orchestras: Thunder Bay Symphony, Regina Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, CBC Winnipeg, Symphony Nova Scotia, and most notably – The Hamilton Philharmonic, where Mr. Brott was Music Director from 1969 to 1990. He was Artistic Advisor and Founder to the newly created Symphony Nova Scotia from 1984 to 1989. Besides numerous film and radio commitments, Brott has conducted, produced, and hosted over 100 television programs on both sides of the Atlantic. Currently, Brott is Artistic Director of Brott Music Festivals, established in 1988 as Ontario’s principal classical music festivals; Conductor and Music Director of the New West Symphony, California, Artistic Director of Symphonia Canada, and Conductor of the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal.

At the podium, Brott draws analogies between performance in an orchestra and performance in business; the juxtaposition of teamwork and leadership; the need for creativity within a framework; the two stage processes of musical creation and performance; the joy of communication and the achievement of success. All are explored through the medium of music. Brott instructs the audience to reach under their seats where they will find a tonebar – a musical instrument with a mallet. The audience has been divided into five sections, each section is a specific note. After ?rehearsing? and enjoying the levity and excitement, the audience is told they are ready to play Beethoven?s Ode to Joy. Audiences and corporate executives find it a memorable and unique presentation. Each script is tailored to suit the meeting?s theme, or message.

Brott resides in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife and three children.

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