Christopher Millard, one of Canada’s best-known woodwind artists, joined the National Arts Centre Orchestra as principal bassoon in 2004, after playing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Radio Orchestra for 28 years. He’s also principal bassoon of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, and he’s performed on five concert tours with conductor Valery Gergiev and the World Orchestra for Peace.
Mr. Millard studied with Roland Small and the legendary Sol Schoenbach at the Curtis Institute of Music and with the great French flutist Marcel Moyse. A distinguished teacher, he served on the faculty of Northwestern University until 2014, and for 20 years he was the bassoon professor for the National Youth Orchestra, where he helped nurture a new generation of Canadian wind players. His students now occupy numerous positions in American and Canadian orchestras. Mr. Millard continues to give master classes at leading music schools, such as Rice University; Indiana University; Domaine Forget; and the Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New World Symphony orchestral academy, and National Orchestral Institute.
A regular guest artist and teacher at the Scotia, Banff, Orford, and Ottawa chamber music festivals, Mr. Millard has also appeared in concert and on recordings with Chamber Music Northwest and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Marlboro Music Festival, and International Double Reed Society. He’s appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras, and he regularly performs at home and on tour with the National Arts Centre Wind Quintet, a highly acclaimed ensemble that made its debut recording on the Naxos label.
Christopher Millard has received wide praise for his recordings on the BIS, Naxos, Arabesque, CBC, and Summit record labels, including a disc on the latter’s prestigious OrchestraPro series. His recording of Jacques Hétu’s Bassoon Concerto won a 2004 Juno Award. Mr. Millard is a skilled woodwind technician and a recognized authority on the acoustics of reed making.