Biography of Brain Gary:
Gary Brain was born in 1943 in, Palmerston North, New Zealand, and has now lived in Paris for more than twenty years. He received his musical training at the Berlin State Conservatoire where Lorin Maazel (conducting), Boris Blacher (composition) and Werner Thärichen (percussion) were his teachers. He completed his studies at the University of Indiana and at the Paris Conservatoire, among others with Rafael Kubelík. After that he was percussionist to several orchestras, including Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Royal Opera Orchestra Covent Garden. His conducting career began only in 1991. He was musical director of the Music Players, conducted (also on record) the chorus of the Opéra Comique and was a guest conductor in all over Europe. With the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland Brain produced the highly praised world premiere recording of works of English composer Harold Truscott; also he recorded works by Ippolitov-Ivanov, Myslivecek and Henri Collet. For his merits rendered to music, Gary Brain was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1983.