Otto Tausk chosen as next music director of Canada’s Vancouver Symphony

Posted on: February 3, 2017

“After an extensive three-year search, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has selected a new music director to succeed Bramwell Tovey,” writes Marsha Lederman in Friday’s (2/3) Globe and Mail (Canada). “Dutch conductor Otto Tausk will take over the position on July 1, 2018…. Tausk will hold the interim title of ‘music director designate’ until then…. Tausk, 46, was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He started out as a violinist, but then discovered conducting by chance (or, one might say, fate) while preparing for a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. ‘It’s a classic story where a conductor was ill in rehearsal and somebody had to take over the rehearsal,’ [said Tausk]…. Since 2012, Mr. Tausk has been music director of the Orchestra and Opera of St. Gallen, Switzerland. From 2007 to 2012, he was music director with Holland Symfonia…. Between 2004 and 2006, Mr. Tausk was assistant conductor at the Rotterdam Philharmonic. He has also recorded and appeared internationally with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the BBC’s radio orchestras, among others.”

Posted February 3, 2017