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Topher Mokrzewski has served in a variety of capacities as conductor, pianist, opera coach, and artistic administrator throughout North America and Europe. He currently serves as the Managing Director of Brott Opera, while working as a frequent collaborator and coach with some of Canada’s top operatic talent. Topher spent three years as Artist Manager and Director of Opera and Conductors at Dean Artists Management and, for four seasons, served as the Resident Conductor at Calgary Opera, where he was also the Principal Coach
for their Emerging ArtistProgram. Highlights from his time in Calgary includes an appearance with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as the solo pianist in Messiaen’s epic Turangalîla Symphonie and assisting on several productions. He was for six seasons the Music Director of the Opera in the 21st Century young artist program at Banff Centre and was, for its first decade, the founding Music Director of Toronto’s groundbreaking indie opera company, Against the Grain Theatre. The company, over that time, received numerous DoraAwards, including a personal conducting nod for Mokrzewski’s leadership of Vivier’s Kopernikus, winner for Outstanding Musical Direction in 2019.
Mokrzewski has also served on the music staffs of the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, Chautauqua Opera, Highlands Opera Studio, and the National Opera Intensive. A consultant, guest speaker, and jurist, Mokrzewski has worked in that capacity with the young artists programs at Opera de Montréal, Brott Opera, and the Association for Opera in Canada, among others, and was most recently a jurist for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Manulife Vocal Competition. He is a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, the Eastman School of Music, Music Academy of the West, and spent his early years of pianistic training in Paris, France.
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