Kerry Stratton & Beijing Symphony Orchestra

Having earned his degree in conducting from McGill University in Montreal, Kerry Stratton later completed graduate studies at the Vienna Conservatory under Sir Charles Mackerras, the Academia Chigiana in Siena and L´Ecole Pierre Monteux with Charles Bruck.

In Toronto, where he has been leading the Toronto Philharmonia as conductor and music director for over 18 years, he has earned his respect and success. Since 1992, he has been Music Director for the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, Ontario. Engagements frequently take him from North America, and the orchestra-in-residence at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, to Europe and Asia.

Kerry Stratton is an effective conductor committed to a broad repertoire. He is equally at home in symphony or opera. Because he has experienced many different cultures, he has his own art of finding the right way to express himself with an orchestra. Through his vision and attention to detail, each performance comes to life. The Czech Republic presented him with the Masaryk Award for his services to Czech and Slovak culture. He is certainly a conductor promising exciting concerts.

His performing with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra in the Forbidden City Concert hall was his first successful step into China.