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AFM Cellist Appointed to Order of Canada


Cellist Denis Brott, a member of AFM Local 406 (Montreal, PQ), was appointed Member of the Order of Canada in December 2014. He is recognized for promoting Canadian musical excellence, as well as his achievements as a musician and teacher, and for his role in establishing the Canada Council of the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank and founding the Montreal Chamber Music Festival. He is now executive and artistic director of the festival that’s celebrating its 20th anniversary and a professor at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal. “Being named to the Order of Canada is an honour unlike any I have had in my life,” says Brott. “I am proudly Canadian and to be recognized by my own country in this way is thrilling.”

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