Cellist Denis Brott was born into one of Montreal's most prominent musical families. He's the son of the late violinist and composer, Alexander Brott and cellist, Lotte Brott. His brother is the conductor, Boris Brott.
Early on in his career, Brott studied and performed with some of the 20th century's greatest musical artists. His teachers included Leonard Rose, Janos Starker and Gregor Piatigorsky. He played chamber music with the legendary violinist, Jascha Heifetz and Brott even made a record with actor Tony Randall, best known for his role as Felix Unger on the TV show The Odd Couple.
Brott played cello in the famous Orford String Quartet from 1980 to 1988 which proved to be a notable period in the quartet's career. During that time they recorded 25 CDs which won them numerous awards, including two Junos and a pair of Grands prix du disque from the Canadian Music Council. One of those was for the Orford's renowned, 8-CD set of the compete Beethoven string quartets, which many consider to be the quartet's crowning achievement.
In 1985, Brott played a pivotal role in the creation of the Canada Council's Musical Instrument Bank, which loans rare and expensive stringed instruments to talented young Canadian musicians. Since 1989, Brott has been a professor at the Conservatoire de Musique in Montreal. He founded the Montreal Chamber Music Festival in 1995 and he's still active as its Artistic Director.
In 2016, Brott was awarded the Order of Canada in recognition of his many contributions to musical life in this country.
On this edition of This Is My Music, Brott shares his favourite music and the stories behind his selections.
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Denis Brott shares his favourite music on This Is My Music