Toronto Symphony announces resident conductor, affiliate composer

Posted on: June 20, 2012

In Tuesday (6/19) Toronto Star (Canada), Trish Crawford writes, “Kevin Lau graduates from the University of Toronto Tuesday with a doctorate in music composition but he received his graduate present early. Peter Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, announced Monday that Lau has been given a two-year-appointment as the affiliate composer—a new position created through money from the Canada Council for the Arts and the RBC Foundation. The TSO’s first Emerging Artists Program also includes conductor Shalom Bard, who recently was the resident conductor of the Symphony of Nova Scotia. Bard, who plays the clarinet and performed with the TSO in 1999, switched to conducting four years ago. … His job involves assisting Oundjian as well as conducting the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, with whom he once played. Lau, whose composition Joy has been recorded by violinist Conrad Chow for a CD being released late in June, is overwhelmed by all of his good fortune. … He is expected to produce two original works and the symphony is scheduled to play one of his compositions in June 2013.”

Posted June 20, 2012