Kerry Stratton

Obituary of Kerry Stratton

Internationally celebrated musician Kerry Stratton died on August 27, 2019 at the age of 66 of complications from ALS. 

In the course of his international career, Stratton has conducted orchestras in 35 countries throughout Europe, North America and Asia. Having earned a degree in conducting from McGill University, Stratton later completed graduate studies at the Vienna Conservatory under Sir Charles Mackerras, Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and L’Ecole Pierre Monteux with Charles Bruck.

Stratton’s engagements have included, The Czech Philharmonic, Budapest Concert Orchestra, Hungarian Chamber Soloists, Prague Chamber Philharmonic, Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Prague Radio Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic, St Petersburg Camerata, and the Beijing Symphony.  

For his services to Czech and Slovak culture, Stratton is the 2000 winner of the Masaryk Award and was decorated by the Czech Government in 2007 at Prague’s Cernin Palace with the Gratis Agit Award.  Other honourees included former Secretary of State, Madeline Albright and filmmaker, Milos Formann.

He has conducted concert tours for renowned orchestras, such as the George Solti Orchestra, Budapest; the Vienna Concert-Verein, Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia and, most recently, the Slovak Sinfonietta.  

Stratton and the Toronto Concert Orchestra have completed six successful seasons of Casa Loma’s Symphony in the Garden.  This summer concert experience has played to thousands since its inception.  As Stratton himself says “this is my greatest accomplishment in Toronto.”

After a valiant and dignified battle with ALS he is survived by his wife Elizabeth Marwick Stratton, his sons Nicholas Huey (Emily), Connor Stratton, daughter Sarajane Stratton, his mother Lydia Jean Stratton, his sister Jane Stratton-Love (James Love, deceased), and his nephew Quinton Love.  Pre-deceased by his father George Clayton Stratton and his father in law James Robert Marwick.


Special thank you to Kay Cohen RN and Dr. Hormoz Hamrahi.


Private Celebration of Life for family, friends, and colleagues to follow. 

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