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Howard Dyck conductor

Howard Dyck is the Founding Artistic Director of Consort Caritatis, Artistic Director Emeritus of the Grand Philharmonic Choir (Kitchener-Waterloo), and Conductor Emeritus of the Bach Elgar Choir (Hamilton). He is well known across Canada as the former programme host of Choral Concert and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on CBC Radio. In 2012 he was Visiting Professor of Music at Yunnan Arts University in Kunming, China, and in 2013 he was conductor-in-residence with the Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra.

Howard Dyck’s international conducting career has taken him to twenty countries on three continents where he has conducted, among others, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir of Vienna, the Mozarteum Orchestra (Austria), the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Obretenov Choir (Bulgaria), the Bach Collegium and Gächinger Kantorei (Germany), the Taipei Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (Taiwan), the State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg (Russia), and the Orquestra Do Norte (Portugal).

His discography includes: Bach – Missa Brevis in g; Handel – Messiah Highlights (SONY Classical); Verdi – Requiem; Beethoven – Missa Solemnis (EMI); Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem.

Singers of international distinction who have performed under Howard Dyck’s baton include: Sondra Radvanovsky, Nathalie Paulin, Measha Brueggergosman, Suzie Leblanc, Karina Gauvin, Maureen Forrester, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Catherine Robbin, Susan Platts, Daniel Taylor, Ben Heppner, Richard Margison, Rufus Müller, Michael Schade, Gary Relyea, Nathaniel Watson, John Relyea, Russell Braun, James Westman, Nathan Berg, and Daniel Lichti.

Howard Dyck has received numerous honours for his contributions to musical culture, both nationally and internationally. He holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an Honorary Professor of Music at the Yunnan Arts University (Kunming, China). He was inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame and is a Waterloo Region Arts Awards Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Howard Dyck is a Member of the Order of Canada, and a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.