Topher Mokrzewski, Artist Manager and Head of the Opera and Concerts European Division, joined Dean Artists Management in the Spring of 2019. Prior to his arrival at Dean, Topher served in a variety of capacities as pianist, coach, and conductor throughout North America. For four seasons he served as the Resident Conductor at Calgary Opera, where he was also the Principal Coach for their Emerging Artist Program. He was for six seasons the Music Director of the Opera in the 21st Century young artist program at Banff Centre and was for the last decade the founding Music Director of Toronto’s ground-breaking indie opera company, Against the Grain Theatre. The company, over that time, received numerous Dora Awards, including a personal conducting nod for Mokrzewski’s leadership of Vivier’s Kopernikus, winning for Outstanding Musical Direction in 2019. Mokrzewski has also served on the music staffs of the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, Chautauqua Opera, Highlands Opera Studio, and the National Opera Intensive. He is a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio and the Eastman School of Music.