Canadian conductor Boris Brott, 78, the artistic director of the Orchestre classique de Montréal, was killed in a in hit and run collision yesterday in Hamilton, Ontario. According to the Toronto Star, the Police later arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the accident.

Boris Brott first studied the violin. At 14, he won first prize at the Pan-American conducting competition of 1958. In 1959, he founded the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra of Montreal. From 1964 to 1967, Brott was principal conductor for the touring company of the Royal Ballet Covent Garden. He was chief conductor of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra from 1969 to 1990 where he became a pillar of his community.

In 2004, he became the principal conductor of youth and education concerts for the National Arts Centre.

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