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Grammy- and Juno-winning conductor/composer BRAMWELL TOVEY was appointed Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2000. Under his leadership the VSO has toured to China, Korea, and throughout Canada and the United States. Tovey is also the Artistic Adviser of the VSO School of Music, a state-of-the-art facility and recital hall that opened in 2011. His tenure has included complete symphony cycles of Beethoven, Mahler, and Brahms, as well as the establishment of an annual festival dedicated to contemporary music. In 2018, the VSO’s centenary year, he will become the orchestra’s Music Director Emeritus.
As guest conductor during the winter of 2016, he will return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Boston and Chicago symphonies, and in the spring to the Philadelphia Orchestra (whose 2016/17 New Year’s celebrations he will direct) and the Melbourne and Sydney symphonies, as well as the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in Toronto. In the winter of 2016 he conducted Korngold’s Die tote Stadt with the Calgary Opera.
In 2003 Tovey won the Juno Award for Best Classical Composition for his Requiem for a Charred Skull. Commissions have come from the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, the Toronto Symphony, and Calgary Opera, which premiered his first full-length opera, The Inventor, in 2011. A recording of the work by the VSO with UBC Opera and the original cast was made for the Naxos label and will be released this season. In 2014 his trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, was performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Alison Balsom as soloist, and was subsequently repeated by the same soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
A talented pianist as well as conductor and composer, Tovey has appeared as soloist with the New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Toronto, and Royal Scottish orchestras, among many others. In the summer of 2014 he played and conducted Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Phil and in Saratoga with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed his own Pictures in the Smoke with the Melbourne and Helsingborg symphonies and the Royal Philharmonic.
Tovey was Music Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from 1989 to 2001, where he founded the WSO’s now celebrated New Music Festival. From 2002-2006 he was Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, leading tours of Europe, the USA, China, and Korea. He opened Luxembourg’s Salle Philharmonie with the world première of Penderecki’s 8th Symphony.
Tovey is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and he holds honorary degrees from the universities of British Columbia, Manitoba, Kwantlen, and Winnipeg. In 2013 he was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada for services to music.