“From childhood on, all he ever wanted to do was make music. Something of a prodigy, Victor Feldbrill first conducted the Toronto Symphony at the age of 18 in 1943, and went on to have an association with that orchestra over seven decades. He was an enthusiastic and tireless promoter of Canadian composers such as John Weinzweig, Harry Somers, Norma Beecroft and Louis Applebaum, many of them his close friends. Whether he was conducting in England, Japan, China or in Toronto and Winnipeg, he stubbornly insisted that Canadian orchestral music must be on the program.

Often he had to overcome the fears of management that new music would drive away concertgoers and the objections of some musicians, who thought it was too difficult to play…”