Over the course of two decades, cellist and producer Roman Borys has distinguished himself as one of Canada’s leading artistic voices. As a founding member of the two-time Juno Award-winning Gryphon Trio, he has released 16 acclaimed records on the Analekta and Naxos labels, toured internationally since 1993, and broken new artistic ground through cross genre collaborations and multimedia performances. In 2013, the Gryphon Trio was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts’ Walter Carsen Award for Achievement in the Arts.
As the Artistic Director of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society, Roman oversees all aspects of programming its summer Chamberfest, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world, and its fall-winter concert series. Under his leadership, Chamberfest has pushed the boundaries of chamber music presentation to include a highly successful late night series, New Music Now, contemporary music marathons featuring Canada’s leading performers and composers, as well as collaborations with the National Gallery of Canada and the National Arts Centre.
Deeply committed to classical music outreach and audience development, Roman has conceived, developed and produced the Gryphon Trio’s flagship educational program Listen Up! in communities across Canada since 2010.
A native of Toronto, Canada, Roman Borys studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University and Aldo Parisot at Yale University. Borys now teaches at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music along with Gryphon Trio pianist Jamie Parker and violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon. Outside of chamber music, Borys enjoys contributing to film sound tracks and has been featured in Kenneth Lonnergan’s You can count on me and Guy Madden’s The saddest music in the world.
Photos by John Beebe, Toronto