ANDRÈS GUTMANIS – Founder of the Orchestra
Formerly Musical Director and Conductor
Founder of the Orchestra
In 1970 Andrès Gutmanis gathered a small group of amateur adult string players in the basement of a private home for the enjoyment of making music together. Following a performance in St. Giles' church in Baie d'Urfé, this group formed the basis of the Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra. Starting with a few string players in 1971, the orchestra has since grown to about forty members and includes brass and woodwind.
Andrès Gutmanis was born in Latvia, spending his adolescence, from age 9, with his parents in Argentina, coming to Canada in 1957. From 1961 to 1964 he studied conducting with Dr. Alexander Brott at McGill Faculty of Music and obtained a Bachelor of Music degree at McGill (1965). Subsequently he earned a Master's degree in Music Education at State College in Potsdam, N.Y. and has specialized in Suzuki techniques. Taking a three-month sabbatical leave in 1991, Mr. Gutmanis took advanced choral and orchestral training at the Music Academy in Riga, Latvia with professors Bass and Rachevskis.
He had a strong interest in conducting, played both violin and viola and taught these instruments at Lindsay Place High School, Stewart Hall and privately.
The orchestra was deeply saddened by his sudden, untimely and tragic death on 24 September 2002.