Founding Artistic Director Boris Brott is an internationally renowned, pioneering Canadian conductor who is a member of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, and the Order of Quebec. In 1988, then-Mayor of Hamilton Robert Morrow asked Boris to organize some musical events in the summer for a group of international delegates visiting the City. Brott Music has grown from a 10-day event (then called Boris Brott Summer Music Festival) to one of Hamilton/Halton regions’ most respected year-round cultural cornerstones.
Memorable moments in its three-decade history include a performance for Pope John Paul II and 800,000 at World Youth Day in Toronto in 2002; a Junos performance in 2015 and a popup concert launching Arkells new album High Noon in 2014 that CBC’s Adam Carter called “One of the coolest musical performances I have ever seen.”
World class soloists and other personalities have made appearances on the Festival stage: James Ehnes, Anton Kuerti, Jan Lisiecki, Pinchas Zukerman, Lara St. John, Marc Garneau, the Hon. Lincoln Alexander, Karen Kain, Rex Harrington, former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, Mordecai Richler and Michael Ondaatje to name only a few.
Since 1999, Brott Education Concerts have impacted over 270,000 students (pre-K to gr. 8) by introducing them to the sounds and experience of a live orchestral performance. These productions are often themed with social issues such as bullying, tolerance and racism. Programs such as Music & The Inuit Spirit, Music &The Underground Railroad and Beethoven & The Bully garnered Brott a National Child Day award.