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Founder and Artistic Director of the renowned Montreal Chamber Music Festival and Professor of Cello & Chamber Music and Conductor of the Grand Orchestre à cordes at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, cellist/conductor Denis Brott is recognized internationally as one of Canada’s finest musicians.
Brott’s concert tours have taken him to four continents as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He was cellist in the Orford String Quartet for almost a decade during which time he recorded 25 discs including the complete string quartets of Beethoven, which won the Grand Prix du Disque Award and two Juno Awards for Best Chamber Ensemble Classical Recording. The quartet was named one of the top ten Canadian classical ensembles of the 20 th century. He has also appeared as guest artist with numerous world-renowned ensembles including the Guarneri, Emerson, Tokyo, Fine Arts and Dover Quartets.
Denis Brott is the recipient of the Great Montrealer Award and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his cultural contribution to Canada. In 2014, Canada’s Governor General David Johnston bestowed upon him the Order of Canada for his outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. In December 2016, Denis Brott was invested into the Order of Montreal for his notable contribution to the international reputation of Montreal and his exemplary commitment to the community.
The list of his teachers includes some of the world’s finest cellists: Leonard Rose, Janos Starker, and Gregor Piatigorsky. At a young age, he won a succession of competitions, including the Washington D.C. Merriweather Post Competition, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, the Los Angeles Young Musicians Foundation Debut Award and the Munich International Cello Competition. He has been a jury member for numerous distinguished international competitions including the Munich Cello and Quartet Competitions and the Banff and Evian String Quartet Competitions.
Denis Brott played a founding role in the creation of the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank (1985) which gave him a magnificent 1706 David Tecchler cello for his lifetime use.
Since the fall of 2018, Denis has been visiting professor with the Nederlandse Strijkkwartet Academie (NSKA) at the Amsterdam Conservatory giving classes in string quartet performance.
He recently co-founded the Piatigorsky Cello Duo with his Piatigorsky classmate and colleague, the distinguished Dutch cellist Godfried Hoogeveen. The duo has performed in the Netherlands before enthusiastic audiences.
In June 2022, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival he founded will celebrate 27 years of concert giving www.festivalmontreal.org
Video Projects with the Montreal Chamber Music Festival
Stars of Tomorrow - Episode 3
Hear and watch 16 of Quebec's finest young virtuosi playing on some of the world's great string instruments all from the collection of Roger Dubois (Canimex) and in homage to his generosity. Hosted by cellist and Artistic Director Denis Brott, these 5 one-hour long videos produced by the Montreal Chamber Music Festival present performances of some of the greatest chamber music of all time and include behind-the-scene interviews with some of the performers - an experience not to be missed!
Tchaïkovski, je vous aime
« Tchaïkovski, je vous aime » pays tribute to the life of Quebec’s legendary actor and playwright Albert Millaire (1935-2018) through the performance of Millaire’s unique script commissioned by the Festival in 2011. This re-enactment of Tchaikovsky’s intimate letters with his patron Nadezhda von Meck is a superb synthesis of words and music performed in French and English by four extraordinary Quebec actors. And, in what has become a Festival tradition, this concert highlights the winners of the 2018 Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition, led by the outstanding Canadian violinist Martin Beaver. Recorded on June 16, 2019 at Bourgie Hall, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.