Facing COVID, a coma, and a slow recovery: Cellist Denis Brott

Internationally renowned cellist Denis Brott is familiar to our viewers as the director of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, but at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brott suddenly had issues to deal with that were even more intense than coordinating a large festival with musicians from all over the world. The musician was facing his own mortality.

In mid-March of 2020, Brott had one of the earliest cases of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization in Montreal.

Hear Brott’s harrowing story, as told to Spotlight producer Paul Larson.

Brott is nearly fully recovered, and has once again coordinated events for the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, as it celebrates its 26th year.  For in-person Chamber Music events, proof of vaccination is required, plus mask-wearing during the performance.  For more information about the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, head to festivalmontreal.org.  To learn more about Denis Brott and his experience with COVID-19, go to denisbrottmusic.com. That’s where you’ll also find a variety of videos he’s coordinated in support of young musicians.

Spotlight is made possible, in part, by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.  Spotlight is also supported by Hill and Hollow Music.