Mr. Bramwell Tovey
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
An Evening With Bramwell Tovey
Mr. Tovey is internationally recognized for his "stylish" conducting
(The Financial Times) and his "genuine audience-reaching
charm" (Alan Rich, LA Weekly). An acclaimed conductor,
an accomplished pianist, and an exceptional communicator, Mr. Tovey
is equally at home leading symphonic masterworks, performing jazz
improvisation on the piano, and composing. He has worked internationally
with a prestigious list of orchestras that includes the New York
Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Los Angeles
Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra, among others. Mr. Tovey has been awarded several honorary
degrees and a Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music in London. In
1999, he received the M. Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic
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VSO conductor biography
British artist BRAMWELL TOVEY is internationally recognized for
his "stylish" conducting (The Financial Times) and his "genuine
audience-reaching charm" (Alan Rich, LA Weekly). An acclaimed
conductor, an accomplished pianist, and an exceptional
communicator, Tovey is equally at home leading symphonic
masterworks, performing jazz improvisation on the piano, and
VSO guest artist biography
Bramwell Tovey joined the VSO as Music Director in September
2000. Since September 2002 he has also been Chief Conductor and
Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.
From 1989 to 2001 he was Artistic Director of the Winnipeg
Symphony where he established the WSO's New Music Festival as
one of the premiere new music events in North America. ...
Kwantlen honours VSO conductor, Bramwell Tovey
Conductor and Music Director for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
(VSO), Bramwell Tovey is an important figure in the cultural
life of Vancouver and BC’s Lower Mainland.
In recognition of his dedication to music and contributions
to the community, Kwantlen University College awards Bramwell
Tovey with an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree (Honoris Causa)
at the 2005 Convocation ceremony.
“Since moving to Vancouver with my family in 2000, my wife
Lana, my children and I have greatly appreciated the warmth
and friendliness of the lower Mainland community. I am deeply
honoured to accept this honourary degree and look forward to
participating in Kwantlen University College life.” ...
Bramwell Tovey is an English-born conductor and composer born
11 July 1953.
He was educated at Ilford County High School, the Royal Academy
of Music and London University.
His musical roots are in The Salvation Army. His formal music
education was as a pianist and composer. During his student
years at the Royal Academy of Music he also became a tuba player,
studying with John Fletcher.
He has been the music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
since September 2000 (and until 2010), and of the Luxembourg
Philharmonic Orchestra since September 2002 (and until 2006).