Michael Berec – YCE guest conductor 2017/2018 Season and 2018/2019 Season

Canadian conductor, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Michael Berec has devoted his life to creating beautiful music. Whether for the stage or screen, Michael is recognized for his deep understanding of the musical phrase, and sensitivity to pitch and rhythm.  He is an in-demand conductor and composer for various media, and is currently conducting and composing the score for the fourth season of the award winning Hallmark series “Good Witch”. He is passionate about bringing music to listeners, and serves as the Associate Conductor of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra, where he takes pride in building audiences and providing transcendent musical experiences. Michael has conducted orchestras around the world, and has had the opportunity to be a part of live broadcasts such as live-to-air operas from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra. Michael has been featured on Canada’s National Classical radio station 96.3 and has had the pleasure to perform and work with great artists such as the late violinist Jacques Israelievitch, pianist André Laplante, Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith, the Canadian Tenors, and the Budapest Scoring Orchestra.  Michael has studied with Maestro Jorma Panula (Sibelius Academy), Maestro Markand Thakar (Peabody Institute), Maestro Donato Renzetti (Accademia Musicale Pescarese, Italy) and composer Peter Paul Koprowski (student of Nadia Boulanger). He has conducted orchestras throughout North America and Europe, including such prestigious locations as the Royal Palace in San Lorenzo De El Escorial, Spain. Michael is a member of SOCAN, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Toronto Musicians’ Association.