Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and his warm, charismatic personality on the podium, and his work as a composer and pianist lends him additional 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 continues his association with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and as founding host and conductor of the New York Philharmonic’s Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall. In 2008, both orchestras co-commissioned him to compose a new work, the well-received Urban Runway, subsequently programmed by a number of orchestras in the U.S. and Canada. He was honored with the Best Canadian Classical Composition Juno Award in 2003 for his Requiem for a Charred Skull.
European orchestras with which Bramwell Tovey has worked include the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, and Frankfurt Radio orchestras, and his North America guest appearances have included the orchestras of Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Seattle, Cleveland, and Montreal as well as ongoing performances with Toronto. Other recent engagements included visits to the Nashville and Montreal Symphony Orchestras and his return to Australia, where he has already worked with the symphonies in Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne. In the winter of 2013 he embarked with the Vancouver Symphony on a U.S. West Coast tour that included visits to a number of brand-new facilities in California and Nevada.
Among Mr. Tovey’s honorary degrees are 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 he received the M. Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction, a Canadian prize awarded to artists for outstanding contributions in the performing arts.