Artist Bios

Kerry Stratton, Conductor/Commentator

Kerry Stratton is currently conductor of the Toronto Concert Orchestra. Previously he was conductor of the Toronto Philharmonia from 1988 until 2010. As part of his audience development programme, Stratton developed a highly successful adult education series, called “A Little Night Music”. Its innovative format includes lectures, discussions and live music, in an intimate and non-intimidating atmosphere. In 2005 Stratton founded ‘Grand Salon’ a palm court orchestra, devoted to music of the early 20th century, which plays original orchestrations to enthusiastic audiences throughout Canada. Since 1992, he has been Music Director for the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, Ontario, featuring an orchestra-in-residence, accompanying acclaimed artists.

In the course of his international career, Kerry Stratton has conducted orchestras in Europe, North America and Asia. Having earned a degree in conducting from McGill University in Montreal, Stratton later completed graduate studies at the Vienna Conservatory under Sir Charles Mackerras, Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and L’Ecole Pierre Monteux with Charles Bruck. Additionally, through his company, International Touring Productions, he has created Canadian tours for renowned orchestras, such as the George Solti Orchestra, Budapest; the Vienna Concert-Verein, Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra ,Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia and, most recently, the Slovak Sinfonietta.

Stratton’s engagements have included, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Concert Orchestra, Hungarian Chamber Soloists, Prague Chamber Philharmonic, Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Orchestra London (Ontario), Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Radio Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic. In January 2001, he became the first Canadian to conduct the St. Petersburg Camerata in the Hermitage Theatre at the Winter Palace. In December of 2004 he made his debut with the Beijing Symphony in a concert at the Forbidden City. For his services to Czech and Slovak culture, Stratton is the 2000 winner of the Masaryk Award and was decorated by the Czech Government in 2007 at Prague’s Cernin Palace with the Gratis Agit Award.

Kerry Stratton is also committed to broadening the repertoire of both concert and recorded orchestral music. Included in his discography is the world premiere recording of Franz Liszt’s De Profundis with the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra on the Hungaroton label. His recording on Dorian Records entitled Celestial Fantasy, features this and other works of American composer Alan Hovhaness. A long-time devotee to Eastern European composers, he recorded a collection of Slavonic Serenades, with the Moscow Symphony on Dorian Records, which the Washington Post called “a delight.” Universal distributes his Dvorak CD recorded with the Prague Radio Orchestra. In 2006 he recorded an all-Brahms programme with the renowned Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. Recently released are two new CDs recorded with the Slovak Sinfonietta featuring Beethoven Symphony No 8 and the Emperor piano concerto with Haiou Zhang pianist as well as Mozart’s clarinet concerto and Weber’s Clarinet Concertino with Kornel Wolak.


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