Gary Arbour

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Gary Arbour (1994). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

The National Ballet of Canada mourns the passing of long time pianist, Gary Arbour

Gary Arbour, called “North America’s most charismatic accompanist” by the Toronto Sun, joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1976. During his nearly 30 years with the company Gary performed in over 30 world premieres including Constantin Patsalas’ Concerto for the Elements: Piano Concerto and James Kudelka’s Hedda and Washington Square. He left his position as Principal Pianist in 2005 and is particularly remembered for fine performances of A Month in the Country, The Actress and Now and Then. Mr. Arbour was also an avid and skillful bridge player.

Mr. Arbour passed away on Monday August 22, 2011. His contributions to the company were greatly valued and he will be missed by all who knew and worked with him.