Bramwell Tovey takes new post at Boston University

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      Vancouver Symphony Orchestra maestro Bramwell Tovey is Boston-bound.

      The outgoing music director has just been named director of orchestral activities for Boston University School of Music. His first public rehearsal is scheduled for this Friday (September 15) at the New England campus.

      At the beginning of the VSO’s 100th season in 2018, Tovey will assume the title of VSO music director emeritus, presumably with more time to head to the East Coast. Tovey will be the longest serving conductor in the history of the organization. After a three-year search, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra announced Dutch conductor Otto Tausk will take over from Tovey when he steps down in July 2018.

      “As a conductor and pedagogue, Bramwell Tovey is known to audiences around the world. Boston University School of Music in the College of Fine Arts is thrilled to welcome him to our faculty,” Shiela Kibbe, director ad interim of BU School of Music said in a press statement on BU's website today. “We know that his appointment will inspire current students, and anticipate that alumni across the profession, as well as prospective students and their families, will celebrate this important moment for the orchestral program.”

       Tovey will subsequently conduct that repertoire at the BU Symphony Orchestra Concert on September 27 at the Tsai Performance Center, and will be at the podium to lead the BU symphony on November 3 at Boston's Symphony Hall.

      Tovey succeeds David Hoose, who led the BU program from 1987 to 2015. Along with being an accomplished conductor, the Royal Music Academy grad is also a recognized composer and pianist. 

      Tovey is a graduate of the University of London and the Royal Academy of Music of which he was elected an honorary Fellow in 2004.