Iwan Edwards

Iwan Edwards, Artistic Director

Iwan Edwards has specialized in choral conducting since he came to Canada from his native Wales in 1965. Since then, he has gained an international reputation as a prestigious conductor, adjudicator, clinician and teacher. Maestro Edwards received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and, most notably, the Order of Canada for outstanding achievements in the arts in 1995. In May, 2012 he was the proud recipient of a Distinguished Service Award by the Association of Canadian Choral Communities at its Bi-annual convention held in Ottawa.

Over the past four decades, Maestro Edwards has founded and directed the 110-voice St. Lawrence choir, the F.A.C.E. Treble Choir, Concerto Della Donna, Choeur des enfants de Montréal, and the Canadian Chamber Choir in addition to working with the Ottawa Choral Society, the Lanaudière International Festival Chorus, and the Vancouver Bach Choir. These collaborations have led to performances with prominent orchestras in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, and Vancouver and, internationally, the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic. Renowned conductors with whom Maestro Edwards has worked include Charles Dutoit, Franz-Paul Decker, Zubin Mehta, Bramwell Tovey, Trevor Pinnock, Helmut Rilling, Robert Shaw, Leonard Slatkin, Roger Norrington and Kent Nagano.

After 21 years at the helm, Maestro Edwards retired as director of the Chorus of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in 2007. During his tenure, recordings involving the chorus won a Grammy Award ("Les Troyens" - Berlioz) and two Juno Awards (Berlioz's "Les Troyens" and "La Damnation de Faust"). Over the course of his long relationship with the MSO, Maestro Edwards conducted numerous MSO performances at Notre Dame Basilica.

As an associate professor and Chair of the Choral Department at McGill University, Maestro Edwards conducted a myriad of ensembles and oversaw graduate students of conducting. He also served as Chairman of the Performance Department of the Faculty of Music form 1992-1996.

Maestro Edwards retired from McGill in 2001 to devote himself to his many choral ensembles. Today he continues his journey, guiding and inspiring future generations of Canadian musicians.