A Canadian cellist is in intensive care

A Canadian cellist is in intensive care


norman lebrecht

April 17, 2020

The conductor Boris Brott is asking for prayers for his brother Dennis, who is seriously ill in Montreal with Covid-19.

Denis Brott, 69, began showing symptoms after he returned from engagements in the Netherlands.

‘He’s intubated,’ says his brother. ‘He’s in the intensive care unit and they’re doing the best they can to save his life.’

Denis Brott is founder and artistic director of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival.


  • Andrew says:

    Dennis Brott is a kind man and a brilliant cellist. I will add my prayers for his recovery.

  • Claude Lapalme says:

    Small correction. It’s Denis, with one N. A generous man and wonderful cellist. Hoping for a complete recovery.

  • Larry W says:

    Terrible news. Denis is a fabulous cellist and chamber musician. His recordings with the Orford String Quartet of the complete quartets of Beethoven are among the very finest. Best wishes for a full recovery.

  • Tanya Tintner says:

    Thinking of you, Denis and Boris.

  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    I am so sorry. Boris, if you read these, will reach out to you. Prayers and love.

  • Best wishes for a full recovery to old friend and colleague!

  • Ms.Melody says:

    Prayers and best wishes,strength and hope to the family

  • Daniel Poulin says:

    In his book titled “Notes”, the now deceased music critic Claude Gingras wrote: “I don’t talk to my brother” (Denis); then the reaction from his older brother: “My brother does’nt speak to me. I don’t know why (Boris) (page 18). If this illness will reconcile the two brothers then so be it.

  • Nathaniel Rosen says:

    Keep fighting, Denis. Your friends are in your corner and are looking for you to knock out the virus. All my love.

  • DAVID says:

    Best wishes as well. I hope they are considering treating him with Remdesivir, they have had great success with it here in Chicago with people recovering in about a week.

    • Saxon Broken says:


      Why don’t you let the medics decide what works rather than peddling pet untested theories.

  • Sara Sant’Ambrogio says:

    A beautiful human being, artist and cellist! So sorry to hear this. I am sending prayers for a good recovery like mine!!♥️

  • Liam Allan-Dalgleish says:

    I shall pray my way through the whole Bible for this individual. Anyone with this horrible disease deserves our full support and “prayer.” Which brings me to the point. Everyone deserves our concern, which is very poorly being carried out, as usual, by the United States Federal Government. However, who really is Denis Britt and why does he deserve special recognition over,?say, the brother, who, as far as I know is not sick or even alive, of James Jordan of Westminster, or any other person other than this person, whose plea for prayer coincides with his attempt here to advance his rather late-in-life conducting career.

  • David and I send healing best wishes and prayers to Denis and his family for a speedy recovery.

  • Arlene Dahl says:

    Denis – I wish for you a speedy and full recovery so that you may continue to share your musical artistry with the world.

  • James Kreger says:

    Sending prayers…

  • Nathaniel Rosen says:

    Denis is home and recovering quickly. Heiliger Dankgesang.