Grammy® and Juno® award-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, across Canada and the United States. Mr. Tovey is also the Artistic Advisor of the VSO School of Music, a state-of-the-art facility and recital hall next to the Orpheum, the VSO’s historic home. His tenure has included complete symphony cycles of Beethoven, Mahler, Brahms, the establishment of an annual festival dedicated to contemporary music, as well as the VSO Orchestral Institute at Whistler (VSOIW), a comprehensive orchestral training program for young musicians held in the scenic mountain resort of Whistler/Blackcomb. In 2018, the VSO’s centenary year, he will become the orchestra’s Music Director Emeritus.
During the 16/17 season Mr. Tovey’s guest appearances include the symphonies of Rhode Island, Helsingborg, Boston, Chicago, Melbourne and Sydney, as well as the BBC Concert Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Summer programs will include a return to Vail with the New York Philharmonic, as well as performances at Tanglewood, Saratoga with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl.
In the 15/16 season Mr. Tovey directed performances of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt, for Calgary Opera, as well as the symphonies of Montreal, Melbourne, New Zealand, the Pacific Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. He also led the premiere his work Time Tracks, a suite from his opera The Inventor.
In 2003 Bramwell Tovey won the Juno® Award for Best Classical Composition for his choral and brass work Requiem for a Charred Skull. His trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, was performed in 2014 by the LA Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, both with Alison Balsom as soloist. A recording of his opera, The Inventor, with the original cast, the VSO with UBC Opera will be released this season by Naxos.
A talented pianist as well as conductor and composer, he has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras, including his own Pictures in the Smoke with the Melbourne and Helsingborg Symphonies and the Royal Philharmonic.
Mr. Tovey is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and 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.