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Something to Say: Boris and Denis Brott

"Like trying to catch two fireflies in a bottle" is the way host Warren Davis sums up this interview with brothers Boris and Denis Brott.  At age 26, Boris is already musical director of the Hamilton Philharmonic and the Lakehead Symphony Orchestra, and 19-year-old Denis is a concert cellist.  Pat Patterson quizzes them about their youth, being part of a renowned family of musicians, rock music, sibling rivalry, computers and music critics.  They are free with their opinions on music, which Denis Brott sums up as "an expression of one's emotional and intellectual being."

• Boris Brott was born March 14, 1944 in Montreal. He studied violin with his father Alexander, and made his debut at age five with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

• In 1988, Boris and his wife Ardyth founded the Boris Brott Summer Music Festival, now called the Brott Music Festival. It offers summer concerts and educational concerts, and performs through the Christmas season.

• In 1989, Boris founded the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, which serves as a school for training musicians. It is also the orchestra-in-residence for the Brott Music Festival. He serves as the orchestra's conductor and music director.

• Boris has continued in his career as conductor and musical director, and gives motivational speeches to Fortune 500 companies.

• Denis was born Dec. 9, 1950, in Montreal. He studied the cello with a number of celebrated cellists, beginning in 1964, and he himself teaches cello and chamber music at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal.

• In 1985 Denis helped create the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank, with W.I.M. Turner. In 1987 it acquired the first instrument, the 1706 Turner-Brott Tecchler cello, and it is on loan to Denis.

• Denis founded the Montreal Chamber Music Festival in 1995. He was inspired by concerts on Mount Royal which were arranged by his father Alexander and his mother Lotte during the 1950s.

Medium: Radio
Program: Something to Say
Broadcast Date: May 24, 1970
Guest(s): Denis Brott, Boris Brott
Host: Warren Davis
Interviewer: Pat Patterson
Duration: 36:51
This clip was edited for copyright reasons.

Last updated: February 3, 2012

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