Internationally acclaimed conductor Boris Brott died after being hit by a car in Hamilton

Maestro Boris Brott, artistic director and conductor of the Orchester Classique de Montréal, died Tuesday after being hit by a car in Hamilton. He was 78 years old.

The orchestra shared the news in a Facebook post who called him his “heart and soul”.

“The entire OCM family is in a state of shock and disbelief,” the orchestra’s management said in the post.

“[He was] an extraordinary ambassador of classical music, recognized beyond our borders, a mentor to countless young musicians and a very dear friend to many of them. His sudden death leaves a deep void in the music community and great sadness in our hearts.”

Brott was also the founding artistic director of the Hamilton Brott Music Festival and the National Academy Orchestra. (CBC Hamilton)

Born in 1944, Brott had a strong bond with Hamilton. He was the founding artistic director of his Brott Music Festival and the National Academy Orchestra, a training orchestra also based in the city.

He was also internationally recognized and held positions in Europe and the United States during his storied career. He became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1987.

Brott, who was also a motivational speaker and cultural ambassador, was also a member of the Order of Ontario and an officer of the Order of Quebec.

He received an honorary doctorate from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in 2013.