David Pickard

David Pickard studied Music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, before starting his career as Company Manager of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In his early career, David worked at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park and was the Assistant Director for the Japan Festival (1991) before becoming Sir John Drummond’s deputy at the European Arts Festival. In 1993 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment where he significantly increased the orchestra’s artistic reputation and international profile, helping to establish the OAE as the pre-eminent period-instrument orchestra in the world.

In 2001 he was made General Director of Glyndebourne Festival where throughout his tenure he created an extensive digital programme including online streaming, big-screen and cinema relays and broadened the company’s audience base through specially priced performances for young people and a pioneering education programme.

In November 2015, David took up the role of Director of the BBC Proms. In his first two years David introduced a number of initiatives including an innovative series called ‘Proms at…’ exploring music in new spaces. Passionate about bringing new audiences to classical music and identifying and nurturing emerging talent, David has also made youth music-making and youth audiences a major focus of his work at the BBC Proms. In 2018, David steered the BBC Proms’ commitment to PRS’ Keychange Scheme, pledging 50/50 gender balance in new commissions by 2022. The 2019 BBC Proms season saw a reappraisal of the Proms’ central mission – to bring ‘the best of classical music to the widest possible audience’ – in the 150th-anniversary year of founder-conductor Sir Henry Wood’s birth.  


Kent Nagano

Kent Nagano has established an international reputation as one of the most insightful and visionary interpreters of both the operatic and symphonic repertoire. He is Music Director of the OSM since 2006. Maestro Nagano was General Music Director of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich from 2006 to 2013. He became Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in 2013. Since 2015, he has been General Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in California, Kent Nagano spent his early professional years in Boston, working in the opera house and as Assistant Conductor to Seiji Ozawa at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was Music Director of the Opéra national de Lyon (1988-1998), Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra (1991-2000), Associate Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (1990-1998) and Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (2000-2006) and remains their Honorary Conductor. Kent Nagano was also the first Music Director of the Los Angeles Opera (2003-2006). As a much sought-after guest conductor, Maestro Nagano has worked with the Berlin, New York and Vienna Philharmonics, Chicago Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle and Leipzig Gewandhaus, and at leading opera houses including the Opéra national de Paris, Berlin State Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Semperoper Dresden.

Leila Getz

As founder and Artistic Director of the Vancouver Recital Society, Leila Getz has presented the Canadian and/or Vancouver debut performances of some of the world’s most brilliant and respected young musicians.

Leila has served on the juries of the national finals of the Canadian Music Competitions, the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Nominating Committee for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, and is also a member of the International Council for the Esther Honens International Piano Competition. In 2017, Leila was a screening jurist for the Concours Musical International de Montréal (CMIM), and was invited to serve on the International Advisory Council of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

In 1995, Leila was made a Member of the Order of Canada for her community service in cultivating Canada’s musical landscape. In 2004, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and was appointed to the Order of British Columbia, the province’s highest award for outstanding achievement.


Masao Kawasaki, professeur de violon Julliard School

Masao Kawasaki leads an international career as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and pedagogue of both violin and viola. His multi-faceted career has resulted in the development of musicians that now enjoy careers in every realm of the music field. As soloist he performs extensively with orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. As chamber musician he has collaborated in chamber music with the world’s most distinguished artists including Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell , Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, and Yefim Bronfman and Leon Fleisher.  He is featured regularly at The Miyazaki International Music Festival and Aspen Music Festival and School where he is an artist-faculty member. Mr. Kawasaki has recorded for the CBS Sony, EMI, Nonesuch, Philips and Bis labels and has been featured globally on radio broadcasts.  In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious Presidential Scholars Program’s Teacher Recognition Award. He currently holds teaching positions at The Julliard School of Music.


Hailed by Gramophone as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists,” German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world’s leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, BBC Philharmonic at the Proms, London Symphony, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras with conductors of the highest level. A dedicated chamber musician, Johannes is a regular at festivals worldwide and he has performed with Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, and Menahem Pressler, among many others.

Renowned for his efforts to expand the reach of the classical genre, Johannes is heavily involved in commissioning new works and has been committed to reaching out to all audiences, from kindergarten to college and beyond.

Johannes has a multi award-winning discography with his exclusive label PENTATONE. In 2019 his latest release features the works of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn with Alasdair Beatson.

Johannes Moser plays on an Andrea Guarneri Cello from 1694 from a private collection.


Charles Bernard

Upon joining the Cleveland Orchestra in 1992, Charles Bernard was named Assistant Principal Cello in 2001 and holds the Helen Weil Ross Chair.

Mr. Bernard was awarded the First Prizes in cello and chamber music from the Montreal Conservatory, where he studied with Michael Kilburn. He received an Artist Diploma from The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) following his studies with Stephen Geber from 1987 to 1989.

Mr. Bernard has received grants from the Canadian Arts Council and the FCAR Foundation, and won the Feiman Memorial Prize in cello at CIM. As a winner of the CIM concerto competition, Mr. Bernard performed Tchaikovsy’s Variations on a Rococo Theme under the direction Louis Lane. Prior to joining The Cleveland Orchestra, he was principal cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Darren Lowe

Darren Lowe received his professional training from some of the foremost violin teachers of the twentieth century, including Ivan Galamian, Joseph Gingold and Franco Gulli.

Lowe’s numerous prizes and distinctions notably include First Prize at the Indiana University Tchaikovsky Competition.

His frequent performances with various orchestras across Canada have earned him high critical praise.

Concertmaster of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec since 1987, Darren Lowe is currently Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec.

He is also an accomplished chamber musician who has performed in North America, Europe and Asia with members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and chamber musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Darren Lowe has served as an adjudicator at various national and international competitions and has many recordings to his name.

Neal Gripp

Appointed principal viola of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in 1990, Neal Gripp has been described by William Primrose as a “true virtuoso”.  His solo performances with orchestra include concerts in Alice Tully Hall in New York, Place des Arts in Montreal, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and at the Aspen Music Festival.  He has recorded Berlioz’s Harold en Italie with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal for CBC Television and Glenn Buhr’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for CBC Records.  Neal Gripp made his debut in New York’s Town Hall followed by solo recitals in London’s Wigmore Hall and the Centre Culturel Canadien in Paris.  An active chamber musician, he has also created and directed chamber music series in collaboration with CBC/Radio Canada, the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for dedicated service to Canada.

As a composer, he has written works for orchestra and string quartet.  His Passacaglia was premiered by Kent Nagano and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in 2014 and subsequently recorded by Emmanuel Villaume and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

Eric Chappel

An active chamber musician and recitalist, Eric Chappell has collaborated with a wide range of ensembles performing early music to avant-garde repertoire. He has served as Assistant Principal Double Bass of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 1999 and is also the OSM’s octobassist since 2016, when the octobass, an exceptionally rare instrument (owned by Canimex) was introduced in Quebec. Indeed, he has become a champion of this giant of the string family. Chappell taught at the Université de Montréal and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and is currently on the faculty at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.