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Born: 1953, Ilford, Essex (U.K.)

“Music is a profound expression of the soul, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be populist.”

Trained at the Royal Academy of Music as a pianist, composer, and tuba player, Tovey became a prominent U.K. ballet conductor in the 1970s and ’80s. He has since been Music Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and (currently) the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. (He was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.) His compositions include concertos for viola and cello, Requiem for a Charred Skull (which won the Juno award for Best Classical Composition in 2003), the score for Richard Bell’s film Eighteen, two commissions for the Canadian Brass, Urban Runway (a Los Angeles Philharmonic co-commission), and the opera The Inventor.

Further listening:

Eighteen (Original Motion Picture Score, 2005)Vancouver Symphony Orchestra,Bramwell Tovey (iTunes)

Sonata for Brass Quintet, “Santa Barbara” (2004)

Canadian Brass (Opening Day)

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