Nathan Brock, conductor

Biography

Canadian conductor Nathan Brock trained in Europe and has worked at some of the continent’s most distinguished opera houses and orchestras. It was in Canada that he started his career, when he was appointed Resident Conductor of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in 2009 by Music Director Kent Nagano.

During his 5-year tenure in Montreal, Nathan helped establish the orchestra in its new home La Maison Symphonique while revitalizing its youth outreach programmes, for which he was awarded Quebec’s Prix Opus. He performed with the orchestra over 125 times and shared the stage with many renowned artists, including Maxim Vengerov and Stephen Hough.

His close relationship with Nagano brought Nathan an invitation to conduct at the Hamburg State Opera in 2015, where he was soon appointed Kapellmeister. He conducted a broad repertoire in Hamburg ranging from popular revivals of works including L’elisir d’amore, Il barbieri di Siviglia, Le nozze di Figaro and Hänsel und Gretel to new productions such as Erzittre, Turangalila and Let’s Make an Opera.

Nathan has returned to Hamburg to lead opera and ballet productions including La Belle Hélène, Eugene Onegin, Kameliendame, Don Quixote and Anna Karenina and for a tour of the house’s production of Erzittre to China. As a guest conductor, Nathan has performed in his native Canada with the symphony orchestras of Toronto, Québec, Edmonton, Nova Scotia, Victoria and Thunder Bay and has worked extensively with the National Ballet of Canada. Recent debuts have taken him to the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Bogotá Symphony Orchestra and the National Ballet of Japan.

In Europe, he has conducted L’orchestre national des Pays de la Loire, L'Orchestre national d'Île-de-France, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino and at the Komische Oper Berlin and the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. He has recently worked at the National Arts Centre and recorded a new opera, BOUND, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Future engagements will take him to the Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Ballet, Ballett am Rhein and the Neu Brandenburg Symphony.

Nathan studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Zürich with Johannes Schlaefli. He was a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival’s Academy of Conducting where he had close contact with David Zinman, receiving similar guidance from Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival. He has participated in master-classes in Finland with the great pedagogue Jorma Panula.

In addition to his accomplishments as a musician he also has a keen interest in history, with a degree in History and International Relations from the University of Toronto.

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