Mus (U of T) cello performance, M. Mus (U of T)
Known for his ingenuity in merging classical music with pop-culture, cellist Brenton Chan has
performed in numerous concert halls and alternative venues across Canada and abroad. He shares his skill and passion with the University of Toronto as a cello ensemble coordinator.
As a featured artist and arranger at Music in the Morning, Brenton performed alongside Shauna
Rolston, Barry Shiffman, and Joseph Elworthy at the Vancouver Academy of Music and at CBC
Studio 1 in Vancouver. He has also appeared on multiple occasions at the Glenn Gould Studio, most notably for John McDermott’s fundraiser Music in the Key of Giving. In his continued pursuit of artistic excellence, Brenton has attended many international music festivals including the International Festival of the Duchi d’Acquaviva (Italy), where he received a scholarship to study with acclaimed German cellist Maria Kliegel, and the Orford Music Festival (Québec), where he was invited by the Gryphon Trio to participate in their pilot project.
In the realm of jazz, Brenton has collaborated with Juno Award winner Molly Johnson as well as
Laila Baili. Recent tours in Québec saw him performing with folk legend, Richard Desjardin. He has also released an independent trio recording of Beatles ballads available through iTunes and cdbaby.
Brenton holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto in Cello Performance. He teaches at the Classical Music Conservatory in Toronto and is highly sought after as a guest coach for various music programs in the Greater Toronto Area. He performs on a beautiful copy of a Brothers Amati cello made by Michèle Ashley.
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