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Friday, March 30, 2012

Conductor Nathan Brock Receives Heinz Unger Award from Ontario Arts Council



Nathan Brock 6-HD-small-A.jpgCanadian conductor Nathan Brock has added another major award to his honors, along with a promotion and a busy schedule for 2012-13.

On Saturday, March 24, the Ontario Arts Council presented him with the Heinz Unger Award, given to an emerging conductor, for demonstrating “tremendous talent and promise…and his strong commitment to growth and excellence in the art of conducting” – as the award jury described him. The presentation was made during Maestro Brock’s debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, in a program of Russian romantics.

The Heinz Unger marks Nathan Brock’s third prize in about one year. In 2011 he received the Jean-Marie Beaudet conducting prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, and earlier this year, Quebec’s Prix Opus for best educational concert in 2011.

OSM PROMOTION: This week, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal announced that Brock, who has been assistant conductor since 2009, has been promoted to resident conductor beginning in September 2012. In addition to the many duties he filled in his current position, he will be given more high-profile concerts to conduct in the 2012-13 season – among them one featuring celebrated violinist Maxim Vengerov as soloist.

OTHER UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS: Also in 2012-13, Brock is slated to debut with l’Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire in France, and record works by Karol Szymanowski with the Sinfonia Varsovia in Poland. His successful debut in The Nutcracker with The National Ballet of Canada in December 2011 led to an immediate re-engagement to conduct the National Ballet/The Royal Ballet co-production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Toronto and on tour.

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