Meet Guest Christmas Conductor Charles Cozens
A resident of Burlington Ontario Canada, Maestro Charles Cozens is a true Renaissance man of the Canadian music industry. Highly acclaimed as an arranger, composer and orchestrator, he is also an accomplished orchestral conductor, pianist, accordionist and recording producer.
As an Arranger, Maestro Cozens has scored over 3000 commissioned orchestrations and compositions for a plethora of orchestras, recordings, multi media and corporate events worldwide. In particular, he has created compelling orchestrations and symphony shows for such artists as Sir Elton John, Randy Bachman, Janelle Monae, The Nylons, Mark Masri, The Canadian Tenors, Quart et to Gelato and many others. He has also had the pleasure of working with several musical icons
including Henry Mancini, Eartha Kitt and Cab Calloway.
With over 1000 recorded tracks for companies such as Universal Music Canada, Somerset Entertainment and Linus Entertainment, he has been recognized by the International Conductor’s Guild as a leading expert on orchestral conducting in the recording environment (Podium News 2007), and is a Juno Award nominee (Instrumental Album
Of The Year, "Balance").
As a Conductor, he has had numerous appearances with symphony orchestras across Canada, and the United States, as well as several orchestral recordings in Europe. In 2013, Maestro Cozens was the first Canadian invited to conduct in Cuba. Following his successful debut with the Orquestra de Villa Clara, he continues to guest conduct whenever possible.
His recent appearances as conductor and music supervisor in January and February 2020 have included The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, The Chicago Philharmonic, The Ontario Philharmonic and The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Special projects include the 2nd international branding of the Mozart Effect Recordings (Conductor, Producer, Arranger 2016, 17 Albums) and The Mozart Effect: Live (Conductor, Music Supervisor 2019 - 2023).
Maestro Cozens is also the Founder and Conductor of the Burlington New Millennium Orchestra (BNMO), a contemporary chamber orchestra specializing in a broad based repertoire. Established in 2016, the BNMO utilizes modern digital music technology with traditional instrumentation, the sum of which redefines the orchestral palette.
Maestro Cozens is an accomplished pianist and accordionist, and is an associated member of the acclaimed chamber ensemble Quartetto Gelato. In his spare time Maestro Cozens is Vice President of the Arts and Culture Council of Burlington (ACCOB), and Vice President of the Algoma Music Camp in association with the Great Lakes Summer Music Institute at Algoma University in Sudbury Ontario. Maestro Cozens was recently inducted into the Burlington Performing Arts Centre Hall of Fame (May of 2023).