Kerry Stratton served as artistic director for the Toronto Concert Orchestra until he passed away due to complications of ALS.
A popular radio personality, Stratton shared his love of music daily on The New Classical FM. Stratton’s reputation for a high standard of music excellence has led to invitations to conduct orchestras across four continents. Most notable of Stratton’s international engagements are the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Budapest Concert Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti Chamber Orchestra, Prague Chamber Philharmonic, Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic and Janacek Philharmonic. In January 2001, Stratton became the first Canadian to conduct the St. Petersburg Camerata in the Hermitage Theatre at the Winter Palace. In December of 2004 he made his debut with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra in a concert in the Forbidden City.
“The music expertly played by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Kerry Stratton conducting, is a delight throughout.” - The Washington Post
Over his career, Stratton has demonstrated a commitment to broadening the repertoire of both concert and recorded orchestral music. Included in his discography are many world premiere recordings including Franz Liszt ’s De Profundis with the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra and Music for Strings by Jean Françaix, released in the composer’s centennial, 2012. A long-time devotee of Eastern European composers, Stratton has recorded a collection of Slavonic Serenades with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, heralded as ‘a delight’ by the Washington Post.