for the Musicians' Portrait Project.
Boris Brott is internationally recognized as a conductor; he holds music directorships in Canada and the United States. He is active as a guest conductor, educator, motivational speaker and cultural ambassador.
Currently, Boris is Conductor and Music Director of the New West Symphony in Santa Monica, California; the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal; the National Academy Orchestra of Canada; and Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Center of Canada. He is also Artistic Director of the Brott Musical Festivals, Ontario's principal classical orchestra music festival.
Boris has also served as Assistant Conductor to the New York Philharmonic under the late Leonard Bernstein, Music Director and Conductor for the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, Chief Conductor of the BBC National Symphony of Wales and Music Director of the Northern Sinfonia of England. In 2000, he conducted Leonard Bernstein's Mass for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
In 1988, Boris became an Officer of the Order of Canada. That same year, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law at McMaster University. In 1990, he was made a Knight of Malta. In 1992, he was selected International Man of the Year by the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, United Kingdom. In 1996, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts of Great Britain. In 2006, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario.
In addition to his conducting career, Boris is a motivational speaker, making more than 35 presentations annually to Fortune 500 companies.
Besides numerous film and radio credits, Boris has conducted, produced, and hosted over 100 television programs on both sides of the Atlantic. He has recorded for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Septre-Mace, Mercury, Pro-Arte Records and Sony Classical.
He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and is married to author and attorney Ardyth Webster Brott. They have three children.