Bramwell Tovey, Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2000, continues as Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and as founding host and conductor of the New York Philharmonic's Summertime Classics series. He has also served as Music Director to the Luxembourg Philharmonic and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
He has worked with orchestras in Europe including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony and Frankfurt Radio Orchestra. In North America, Mr. Tovey has made guest appearances with the orchestras of Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Seattle, Cleveland, Nashville, Montreal and Toronto, among others. He has worked in Australia with the symphonies in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.
Mr. Tovey was honored with the Best Canadian Classical Composition Juno® Award in 2003 for his Requiem for a Charred Skull. In 2008, with violinist James Ehnes, Bramwell and the VSO won a GRAMMY ® and a Juno ® award for their recording of Barber, Korngold and Walton concertos. In that same year, both New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics commissioned him to write a new work, the well-received Urban Runway, subsequently programmed by a number of orchestras in the US and Canada. His full-length opera The Inventor, a commission from Calgary Opera, premiered there in January 2011. He has also amassed an extensive discography which includes recordings with the VSO, Hallé, London and Winnipeg symphonies, and BBC Concert, Luxembourg Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic orchestras.
Bramwell 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 ... read full bio