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Brott Music: Home to the National Academy Orchestra of Canada.

Canada’s only professional training orchestra.

The National Academy Orchestra of Canada (NAO) provides an extraordinary opportunity for emerging young Canadian professional musicians to work as apprentice musicians alongside established professionals from some of Canada’s finest orchestras.

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Welcome Alain Trudel

Interim Artistic Director and Conductor

Canadian Conductor and trombone virtuoso Alain Trudel is Music Director of the Toledo Symphony (USA), l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval (CAN) and is Interim Artistic Director of Brott Music Festival and National Academy Orchestra of Canada (2022). He has been praised for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer” (La Presse). Under his leadership, these orchestras have been nominated for Junos, Opus and Emmy awards "Every so often a perfect listening trance can befall one" (Fanfare Magazine).

Trudel has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Latin America. He has been a regular guest with the Opera de Montréal and in March 2017 he conducted, to great acclaim, the world premiere of the operatic version of Pink Floyd's “The Wall”. “The entire audience was on its feet for another standing ovation, with concertgoers shouting wow and bravo" (Rolling Stone Magazine).

Maestro Trudel has always been committed to emerging artists and building audiences. He was the Principal Youth and Family conductor with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. A long-time pedagogue and mentor, he has been instrumental in teaching and guiding new generations of musicians for more than 25 years.