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Conductors

 

Michael Berec

MICHAEL BEREC
Associate Conductor

Coming from a Hungarian background, music has always played a vital role in the life of award-winning, Canadian born conductor/composer Michael Berec. After graduating with a Masters in Music, Michael transitioned from the world of academia to a career in music for film and television. He has over thirteen years of experience in conducting and composing for various media including film, television, radio and live concert works. His scores have been heard at film festivals and on television networks throughout the world. He has had the opportunity to be a part of live broadcasts such as a concert for youth, featuring the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra and live-to-air operas from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

As a conductor, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Michael has been featured on Canada’s National Classical radio station 96.3 and has had the pleasure to perform and work with such great diverse artists as the late violinist Jacques Israelievitch, pianist André Laplante, Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith, American Idol’s Melinda Doolittle, Latin sensation Jon Secada, Canadian singer Molly Johnson, American actress Kathleen Turner, Canadian actor Colm Feore, late GLEE star Cory Monteith, the Canadian Tenors and the Budapest Scoring Orchestra.

Michael’s primary mentors include Maestro Jorma Panula (Sibelius Academy), Maestro Markand Thakar (Peabody Institute), Maestro Donato Renzetti (Accademia Musicale Pescarese, Italy) and composer Peter Paul Koprowski (student of Nadia Boulanger). He has conducted orchestras throughout North America and Europe, including such prestigious locations as the Royal Palace in San Lorenzo De El Escorial, Spain.

Michael is a member of SOCAN, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Toronto Musicians’ Association.