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Photography by Valery Gore

Composer & Conductor

MICHAEL

BEREC

ABOUT

Award-winning Canadian conductor, composer, and multi instrumentalist, Michael Berec has devoted his life to creating beautiful music. Michael serves as the Music Director of the York Chamber Ensemble and the Associate Conductor of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra, where he takes pride in building audiences and providing transcendent musical experiences. Whether for the stage or screen, Michael is recognized for his deep understanding of the musical phrase, and sensitivity to pitch and rhythm.  He is an in-demand conductor and composer for various media, and is currently conducting and composing the score for the sixth season of the award winning Hallmark series “Good Witch.” Michael has conducted orchestras around the world, and has had the opportunity to be a part of live broadcasts such as live-to-air operas from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra. Michael has been featured on Canada’s National Classical radio station 96.3 and has had the pleasure to perform and work with great artists such as the late violinist Jacques Israelievitch, pianist André Laplante, Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith, the Canadian Tenors, and the Budapest Scoring Orchestra.

 

Michael has studied with Maestro Jorma Panula (Sibelius Academy), Maestro Markand Thakar (Peobody 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.

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NEWS

Joy!

12/07/19

7:30pm

Trinity Anglican Church, Aurora

York Chamber Ensemble, Music Director Michael Berec

feat. York Festival Chorus

Stephen Fox, clarinet

Beethoven, A Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

Busoni, Clarinet Concertino

Mozart, Serenata Notturna

Holst, Christmas Day

+Christmas favourites

Forces of Nature

10/19/19

7:30pm

St. Paul's Anglican Church, Newmarket

York Chamber Ensemble, Music Director Michael Berec

Beethoven, Overture to the Creatures of Prometheus

Beethoven, Symphony No. 6, mvts 1 & 2

Haydn, Symphony No. 59 "Fire"

Vivaldi, Tempesta di Mare

Delius, Two Pieces for Small Orchestra

Handel, Water Music Suite No. 2

Michael Berec Appointed Music Director of the York Chamber Ensemble

08/14/19

Good Witch - Season 6

Michael Berec will start writing music to the sixth season of Hallmark Channel's Good Witch this fall 2019.

Unionville Canada Day Celebration 2019

07/01/19

8:00PM

Unionville Bandstand

Kindred Spirits Orchestra, Conductor Michael Berec

Strauss, Radetzki Marsch
Brahms, Hungarian Dance
Shostakovich, Waltz no. 2 (from Jazz Suite No. 2)

A.L. Weber, The Phantom of the Opera (selections)
Cl.-M. Schonberg, Miss Saigon
Cl.-M. Schonberg, Les Miserables (selections)
J. Mercer, Moon River (from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s")
J. Barry, Somewhere in Time
J. de Meij, The Lord of the Rings (excerpts)
J. Williams, Star Wars (excerpts)

The Age of Elegance and Romanticism

05/11/19

7:30PM

Trinity Anglican Church, Aurora

York Chamber Ensemble, conductor Michael Berec

feat. York Festival Chorus

Schubert, Symphony no. 3

Faure, Elegie

Faure, Pavane

Faure, Cantique de Jean Racine

Saint-Saens, Suite pour orchestre

Schubert, Mass in D

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8 Condor Ave

Toronto, ON M4J 3M6

CANADA

Tel: +1-416-931-7899​

michael@michaelberec.com