A musician of striking versatility, Grammy-winning conductor Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and his warm, charismatic personality on the podium. Mr. Tovey’s career as a conductor is enhanced by his work as a composer and pianist, lending him remarkable musical perspective. His tenures as music director with the Vancouver Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic, and Winnipeg Symphony orchestras have been characterized by his expertise in operatic, choral, British, and contemporary repertoire.
Mr. Tovey, who is entering his 13th season as music director of the Vancouver Symphony and continues as founding host and conductor of the New York Philharmonic’s Summertime Classics series, also continues his association with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. In 2008, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic co-commissioned him to write a new work, Urban Runway, which the New York Philharmonic premiered on Summertime Classics that year and which was subsequently programmed by a number of orchestras in the United States and Canada. Mr. Tovey has worked as guest conductor with orchestras in the U.S. and Europe including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, and Frankfurt Radio orchestras. In North America, he has made guest appearances with the orchestras of Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Seattle, and Montreal as well as ongoing performances with the Toronto Symphony, which commissioned and premiered his trumpet concerto in 2009 as a preview of his first full-length opera, The Inventor, premiered in Calgary in 2011. In 2011 he returned to The Philadelphia Orchestra for its summer series in Saratoga, New York, and made debuts with The Cleveland Orchestra (where he returns again this summer) and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to which he returned in the winter of 2012 and will revisit this summer. He will also tour the West Coast with the Vancouver Symphony in the winter of 2013.
Bramwell Tovey’s honors included a fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music in London, honorary doctorates from the universities of Winnipeg, Manitoba, British Columbia, and Kwantlen University College, as well as a Royal Conservatory of Music Fellowship in Toronto. In 1999 Mr. Tovey received the M. Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction, a Canadian prize awarded to artists for outstanding contributions in the performing arts.