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STEWART GRANT - Musical Director and Conductor

Stewart Grant
Musical Director and Conductor

Stewart Grant was appointed the new conductor of Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra in July 2009 after being guest conductor for the Canada Day concert the same year.

Known and respected across Canada as a composer, conductor, oboist and pedagogue, Stewart Grant has been at the helm of WIYSO since 1999.

Stewart Grant grew up in Pointe-Claire and graduated from the McGill University Faculty of Music and the Conservatoire de musique du Québec, where he was awarded a Premier Prix in oboe in the class of Melvin Berman. His training also included private studies in composition with Gordon Delamont and summers at Tanglewood - where he attended conducting classes by Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Meier and Seiji Ozawa -, at the Aspen Music Festival and as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, where he studied with Ray Still, the principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Grant began his conducting career at age eighteen, organizing and directing an orchestra made up of students from both the McGill Faculty of Music and the Conservatoire de musique du Québec. In 1978, he was named Music Director of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra in Alberta, a position which he held for sixteen years. In recognition of his many accomplishments in Lethbridge, he was presented with the Heinz Unger Award at the 1988 national conference of the Association of Canadian Orchestras. As a guest conductor, he has also performed with organizations such as the Edmonton, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières and Regina Symphony Orchestras, at the McGill University Faculty of Music and on the National Arts Centre Orchestra's chamber series at the National Gallery.

A former member of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Mr. Grant has performed as an oboist with orchestras such as the Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras under the direction of some of the world's most renowned conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Andrew Davis, Joseph Krips, Carlo Maria Giulini and Sir Neville Marriner.

Stewart Grant's music has been performed by many of Canada's foremost artists and ensembles, including the Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Quebec Symphony Orchestras, I Musici de Montréal, the National Youth Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Les Violons du Roy, pianists Stéphane Lemelin and Paul Stewart, violinists Martin Beaver and Richard Roberts, organists André Laberge and Patrick Wedd, Le Quatuor Claudel and contralto Maureen Forrester. His music is frequently broadcast on CBC Radio and SRC and has been performed in the United States, South America, Europe and India.

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