Christopher Millard, one of Canada’s best known woodwind artists, was the principal bassoon for the Vancouver Symphony and the CBC Radio Orchestra for 28 years before joining Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra as principal bassoon in 2004. A regular guest artist and teacher at festivals throughout Canada, Mr. Millard has also appeared in concert and recordings with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Marlboro Festival, World Orchestra for Peace, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and numerous Canadian orchestras.
A student of the legendary Sol Schoenbach at the Curtis Institute, Mr. Millard also studied with the great French flutist Marcel Moyse. For 20 years Mr. Millard was the bassoon professor for the National Youth Orchestra where he helped nurture many of the best of the new generation of Canadian wind players. His teaching activities have included ongoing master classes at the Domaine Forget in Quebec, the National Orchestra Institute, the Curtis Institute, the International Double Reed Society, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He recently completed a seven-year tenure as bassoon professor for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.
Mr. Millard has received wide praise for his numerous recordings, which include a disc in the prestigious “OrchestraPro” series, a Juno award for his 2004 recording of the Hétu Bassoon Concerto and numerous titles on the Summit, CBC, Naxos, and BIS labels.
Be sure to hear Christopher’s 2017 Festival performances listed below
Monday, August 14, 6pm
Tuesday, August 15, noon
Thursday, August 17, 6pm
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