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As an orchestra manager, consultant, impresario and artist manager, Walter Homburger has been a driving force in Canada's classical music world for more than half a century. He has promoted a succession of extraordinary artists (including Glenn Gould, Victor Braun, Jan Rubes and James Ehnes), and his unrivalled 25-year term as managing director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) set new standards for orchestra management in Canada. Born in Germany in 1924, Homburger moved to Canada in 1940. He quickly became involved in presenting international classical music artists to Toronto audiences. He became managing director of the TSO in 1962 and retired in 1987. After retiring, he continued to contribute to the Canadian classical music scene by presenting artists in solo recitals, managing young Canadian artists and advising musical organizations.