Boris Brott, Brad Clark, and Richard Margison kindly extend to us the prestige of their names and affiliation with them.
Maestro Boris Brott, OC, OOnt, LLD
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 and has a particular commitment to the development of new audiences and young artists. In Canada, he has developed no less than six Canadian Orchestras and has served as Assistant Conductor to the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, and as Music Director and Conductor for the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, and Northern Sinfonia, and the BBC Welsh Symphony. In 2000, he conducted Bernstein’s Mass, for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. MORE
Brott founded the Brott Music Festival in 1988 and the National Academy Orchestra in 1989. He is also Music Director of the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal and founding Music Director of the New West Symphony in Los Angeles. In 1987, Mr. Brott was awarded Officer of the Order of Canada. May 2006, Boris was voted one of the top five Greatest Hamiltonians of All Time by Hamilton Spectator readers. In February 2007, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Tourism Hamilton, and is also the recipient of the 2007 National Child Day Award for his work in introducing classical music to nearly 2 million children in the course of his career. In December 2006, Brott was awarded the Order of Ontario for his work in developing five orchestras in the province, most notably the Hamilton Philharmonic. Most recently Boris was awarded Officer of the Order of Quebec for all of his work with the McGill Chamber Orchestra, which his father, Alexander Brott founded in 1939.
Boris Brott has a commitment to the development of new audiences and young artists. His programs have received rave reviews, in particular, a series of concerts bringing to life the great classical composers. The National Academy Orchestra, a unique mentor-apprentice program, in which emerging young musicians gain invaluable experience from working with seasoned professionals, stands as the centerpiece of his music festival in Ontario, Canada. Brott presents motivational speeches to Fortune 500 companies and his students around the world linking music and business. The speeches center around teamwork, leadership and creativity.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Brad Clark received a diploma in Radio Broadcasting from Mohawk College and certification in Non-Profit Management from McMaster University. Clark was elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1999 as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Stoney Creek. He served the Province as Minister of Transportation, Minister of Labour and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. He was also the Commissioner on the Board of Internal Economy, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly and Assistant Deputy Government Whip. In 2006, Brad was elected Ward 9 Councillor representing Stoney Creek-Heritage Green. He was re-elected in 2010 for a second term and served as Chair of the Development Charges review Sub Committee. He has also been on the General Issues Committee, Board of Health, Licensing Tribunal, Audit and Administration, Economic Development and Planning, Heritage Green Community Trust, and the Newalta Neighbourhood Liaison Committee. MORE
Beyond politics, Brad Clark has been actively involved in the non-profit sector lending his expertise to roles in fund development, public relations and marketing. In recent years he has served our community as Executive Director of the Conservation Foundation of Hamilton, the Vice-President of Development at St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation as well as on various other organizations supporting those affected by autism. He is also involved with the local Knights of Columbus. On a national level, Clark served as the National Development Director for the Catholic Missions of Canada and, most recently, as the CEO of the Canadian Recreation Vehicle Association.
Richard Margison, OC
Hailed for his ringing top notes and spine-tingling power, tenor Richard Margison is renowned for his interpretations of Verdi, Puccini, Strauss and Beethoven. Recent seasons have included performances of Un Ballo in Maschera (Montreal, Hamburg, the ROH Covent Garden), Turandot (New York, Barcelona, Toronto), Aida (New York, Cincinnati, Montreal, Chicago, Oviedo), Ariadne auf Naxos (Oviedo, Madrid, London, Hamburg, New York), Fidelio (Seattle, Vancouver), Il Trovatore (New York, Toronto, Berlin, San Francisco), La Gioconda (Barcelona) and Don Carlo (New York) and Norma (Vancouver), the world premiere of Rattenbury, The Opera in Victoria, Salom (Toronto) and concerts with his equally talented daughter, Lauren. MORE
Margison’s discography comprises an all-Verdi recording (CBC Records), Fidelio (Chandos), Don Carlo(Philips) and Mazeppa (Deutsche Grammophon). His DVDs include Ariadne auf Naxos (Virgin Classics), Tosca, 1984 (Decca), and La Gioconda (TDK).
An Officer of the Order of Canada (2001) and recipient of a Diamond Jubilee Medal, Margison has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Giulio Gari and The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundations, and holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Victoria (DMus), University of British Columbia (D.Litt) and McMaster University (D.Litt).
Richard Margison and his wife, opera director Valerie Kuinka, created and direct the Highlands Opera Studio, which provides advanced operatic training to a select group of talented young professionals.