Grammy and Juno Award–winning conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey was appointed music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) in 2000. Under his leadership the VSO has toured to China, South Korea, the United States, and across Canada. Mr. Tovey is also the artistic adviser of the VSO School of Music, a state-of-the-art facility and recital hall in downtown Vancouver that opened in 2011. His tenure has included complete symphonic cycles of works by 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.
In the 2016–17 season Mr. Tovey returns as guest conductor to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra (directing its 2016–17 New Year’s celebrations), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Toronto’s Royal Conservatory Orchestra in Toronto.
Also a composer, Bramwell Tovey won the 2003 Juno Award for Best Classical Composition for Requiem for a Charred Skull, his work for chorus and brass, and he has received commissions from the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, and Calgary Opera, the last of which premiered his first full-length opera, The Inventor, in 2011. A recording of the work by the VSO with the University of British Columbia Opera and the original cast was made for Naxos and is scheduled for release this season. In 2014 his trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, was performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Alison Balsom as soloist, who performed the work again with The Philadelphia Orchestra in December 2014.
Bramwell Tovey has appeared as piano soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Scottish Orchestra, and the Sydney, Melbourne, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Toronto symphony orchestras. In the summer of 2014 he played and conducted Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and in Saratoga with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed his own Pictures in the Smoke with the Melbourne and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestras and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.