The Richness of Live Music

Strategic Priority: To support our core value of live music

The National Ballet Orchestra, the only dedicated ballet orchestra in Canada, provides a richness and immediacy to audiences. The ability to play live gives orchestra members the opportunity to be flexible and responsive to the needs of the dancers, creating a remarkable cohesion in performance and the creation of unique collaborative experience. The National Ballet Orchestra is highly regarded for its unity and ability to readily embrace complex repertoire, particularly in conjunction with new productions and original scores.

"The National Ballet of Canada has an unwavering commitment to live music and its transformative power. It's not only a priority but a necessity, inspiring the dancers and contributing to the audience's full experience of dance." David Briskin, Music Director and Principal Conductor


Soaring Achievements to Date
With generous donor support, the National Ballet has:

  • Preserved the rich tradition of live music for rehearsals and performances
  • Engaged a full orchestra of 62 musicians to meet the demands of a varied musical repertoire
  • Commissioned new music scores for seven new ballets


With gifts to the Soaring Campaign, the National Ballet will be able to:

  • Attract and retain musicians who are superbly skilled and versatile
  • Ensure funds dedicated to maintain an orchestra of international calibre
  • Commission at least two original scores for new productions