Celebrated Canadian conductor Tania Miller has been appointed as Artistic Director
and Conductor of the Brott Music Festival, the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and BrottOpera, effective immediately.
Miller says she wants to build on the legacy of the 36-year-old Festival and hopes to usher in a new era of artistic excellence and community engagement locally and nationally.
“It’s a profound honour for me to join the ranks of one of Canada’s most significant arts organizations,” said Miller, fresh off opening night conducting Vancouver Opera’s Magic Flute. “I am devoted to nurturing and developing the incredible talents of young Canadian instrumentalists, singers, and conductors.”
Miller’s appointment marks an exciting phase for the Festival, as the music community continues to grieve the sudden and shocking death of its founding Artistic Director Boris Brott last year.
“It was the best of times and the worst of times,” says Executive Director Ardyth Brott of the loss of her husband and outpouring of community support for the Festival since. “Now, we look forward to nothing but the best – Tania’s collaborative approach, passionate communication style and dedication to young talent made her the ideal candidate for the future of Brott Music.”
Brott says that Miller’s impressive recommendations from across Canada, the United States and Europe put her at the top of the Festival’s wish list. “She has some really innovative ideas for making audience experiences new, memorable and immersive,” says Brott. “Join us in 2024 and you will be joining us for a season of light.”
Miller says her focus in the upcoming 2024 season, is to foster a strong sense of ownership, pride, and identity in the musicians. “I envision a range of innovative concerts and events that will create deeper connections between our audiences and our exceptionally talented musicians. The Brott Festival already boasts a rich history of mentorship and educational development.”
“My goal for the whole festival is to revitalize the way our audiences connect with music, creating experiences that are unexpected, emotionally moving, and relevant to our culture and community. The tremendous young musicians of the National Academy and Brott Opera will play a pivotal role in achieving this vision.”
Miller will make her Hamilton stage debut this November 2nd at First Ontario Centre’s Boris Brott Hall in a concert for the next generation of audiences – students aged K-6 in her original concert program The Search for the Magic of Music.