Conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony from ’58 to ’68, he also worked closely with Glenn Gould

“Victor Feldbrill, principal conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from 1958-68, founder of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and tireless champion of music by Canadian composers, died on June 17 at the age of 96.

“During his first season as conductor, the WSO more than doubled its annual performances,” reads a statement on the WSO’s Facebook page. “He was the first WSO music director to bring in guest conductors and he brought in an incredible list of visiting soloists — violinists Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern and David Oistrakh, pianist Claudio Arrau and cellists Leonard Rose and Jacqueline du Pré…”