IN MEMORIAM: BORIS BROTT
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved Maestro, Boris Brott, on April 5th, 2022.
The entire OCM Family is in a state of disbelief. Boris Brott was the beating heart of the Orchestre Classique de Montréal, a renowned leader in the world of classical music in North America and beyond, a mentor to countless young musicians, and a very dear friend to so many. His sudden passing thus leaves a deep void in our musical community, and a profound sadness in our personal lives.
It was a privilege and a pleasure to work with Boris, and we are proud to be continuing his legacy at the OCM. Rest assured that we are continuing our concerts and future seasons. We greatly cherish the important legacy he has left the Montreal artistic community.
The OCM remains dedicated to the highest musical ideals of its founders, Alexander and Lotte Brott, ideals that were furthered with passion and determination by our dearest Maestro Brott. We will continue to make great music and to touch the hearts of people, inspired by Boris’ standards of excellence, his indomitable spirit, his dedication to sharing his musical gifts with people from all walks of life, and by his love for humanity.
The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM), previously known as the McGill Chamber Orchestra, was founded in 1939 by Alexander Brott and his wife Lotte Brott.
The OCM quickly became one of Canada’s most established chamber orchestras, touring five continents, recording extensively, and appearing regularly on radio and television.
Now led by Boris Brott, one of Canada’s most internationally renowned conductors, the OCM is a vibrant, innovative, and flexible ensemble consisting of the city’s best professional musicians.
In residence at the Salle Pierre-Mercure, the OCM fulfils its mission of celebrating diversity and inclusivity through its program Music for Everyone which enables collaborations with numerous new immigrant communities and Montreal organizations in making OCM’s performances accessible to all.
To learn more about The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM), view our history page.