Brian Boychuk

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Brian Boychuk began his musical studies at six years of age under Dr. Howard Leyton-Brown, a former concertmaster of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout his early career he won numerous festival and musical competitions and, in 1975, became one of the youngest concertmasters in the history of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He was shortly after appointed to the post of concertmaster of the Regina Symphony and, in 1978, accepted a coveted position with the NAC Orchestra. Mr. Boychuk has been a faculty member at the Conservatoire du Québec, and is a past concertmaster of l’Orchestre de chambre de Hull and former long-time member of the internationally acclaimed ensemble Thirteen Strings of Ottawa.

In his non-musical life, Brian Boychuk with his brother, Ron, are the Chuckle Bros - creators of a comic strip that, since the Fall of 2006, has been appearing in over 40 daily newspapers across Canada. Their first book of cartoons, On the Road - First Edition Collection, was published in 2005. In October 2007, Chuckle Bros was picked up for U.S. and worldwide syndication by Creators Syndicate out of Los Angeles, and now appears south of the border in a dozen dailies, including The New York Daily News, The Seattle Times and The Chicago Sun-Times.