Conductor Bramwell Tovey and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra inducted into BC Entertainment Hall of Fame
It's Bramwell Tovey's year.
The Vancouver-based conductor, composer, and pianist has been garnering a steady stream of accolades throughout 2013.
At the launch of the 95th season of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on September 28, Premier Christy Clark and Vancouver city councillor Elizabeth Ball announced that Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra are the latest inductees to the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.
What's more, on Monday (September 30), the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre will present Tovey with the 2013 Friends of Canadian Music Award at the Orpheum Theatre for the VSO's Opening Weekend, With Dame Evelyn Glennie.
In a news release, juror Adam Sherkin explained why Tovey was chosen.
“Throughout his thirty years as conductor and composer in this country, Bramwell Tovey has proven an unwavering leader, mentor, commissioner, and tireless public advocate for the Canadian musical community both at home and abroad," he stated. "His impressive commissioning of Canadian composers, his pioneering work in the creation of the Winnipeg New Music Festival, his ongoing nurturing of young Canadian talent and his continued mandate to develop and disseminate Canadian music at a world class level all make him an ideal and most deserving candidate for the Friends of Canadian Music Award in the year 2013.”
As if that's not enough, Gov. Gen. David Johnston announced on June 28 that Tovey was appointed to the Order of Canada.
The Grammy- and Juno-winning Tovey is entering his 14th season as music director of the VSO.
Tovey has received numerous honorary degrees, including a fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music in London; honorary doctorates from the universities of British Columbia, Kwantlen, Winnipeg, and Manitoba; and a Royal Conservatory of Music Fellowship in Toronto. He also received the M. Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction in 1999. He was elected an honorary citizen of the City of Winnipeg in 2000 and appointed a member of the Order of Manitoba in 2001.