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Brott, Alexander

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Brott, Alexander prominent Canadian conductor, violinist, teacher, and composer, father of Boris and Denis Brott; b. Montreal, March 14, 1915. Following violin lessons with Alfred De Sève, he studied with Maurice Onderet (violin) and Douglas Clarke (composition) at the McGill Cons. (Licentiate in Music, 1932) in Montreal; subsequently pursued training with Jacobsen (violin), Willeke (chamber music), Wagenaar (composition), and Stoessel (conducting) at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (1934–39). He was a violinist in the Montreal Orch. (1930-34; 1939-1); then was concert-master (1945^8) and asst. conductor (intermittently 1948-61) of the Montreal Sym. Orch. From 1939 to 1985 he was on the faculty of McGill Univ. In 1939 he founded the McGill String Quartet and in 1945 the McGill Chamber Orch. He appeared as a guest conductor throughout North America and Europe. From 1965 to 1981 he was artistic director of the Kingston (Ontario) Sym. In 1985 he founded the Montreal Young Virtuosi. In 1979 he was made a member of the Order of Canada, and in 1987 Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec. In his music he follows the Romantic tradition, with impressionistic harmonies imparting an aura of modernity.

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