Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and School of Music is proud to announce that Maestro Bramwell Tovey has undertaken to enter into a new five-year contract with the expanded title of Principal conductor and artistic director. The new agreement is effective immediately and runs until August 2026. The extraordinary Grammy-winning and Juno-winning composer, conductor and pianist is the orchestra’s artistic advisor and conductor since September 2018, and has quickly become a valued member of the Rhode Island community. Since this winter, he also settled in Rhode Island.
exclaims Maestro Tovey, “I am delighted to renew my leadership of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and take on the new role of Principal Conductor and Artistic Director. Under the brilliant direction of David Beauchesne, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and its music school, superbly directed by Annette Mozzoni, pioneered a model textbook for professional orchestras in the 21st century.
“I enjoyed every moment of working with the great musicians of the Philharmonic Orchestra and every moment that I spent in the wonderful atmosphere of the School of Music. These are the years to come as we seek to move forward in this post-pandemic era. ”
Managing Director David Beauchesne says, “I am absolutely delighted to continue my partnership with Bramwell Tovey. He is a brilliant artist, an inspiring leader and a wonderful human being who devotes himself entirely to the double artistic and educational mission of the Philharmonic. He is also fully committed to engaging and serving our entire community and has already helped expand access to our programs as well as improve the quality of everything we do. The entire organization looks forward to his continued artistic leadership of our orchestra and our school, and a greater presence in our community.
Tovey’s prolific career has earned him accolades on stage, in the classroom and in the community. He creates exceptional concert experiences, commissions and composes music for and for his community, and believes that orchestras have a responsibility to provide and encourage access to the highest quality music education. Tovey is a true champion of connecting orchestras and the communities they serve.
These are values shared by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, which is the largest fully integrated professional orchestra and community music school in the United States. The Rhode Island Philharmonic plays a vital role in the region as an inclusive arts organization dedicated to engaging and enriching the lives of all who wish to learn, practice and hear music.
Maestro Tovey is also the new appointed Music Director of the Orchester de Sarasota, Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchester symphonique de Québec.
After an exceptional 18-year tenure as Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, he is now Music Director Emeritus of that orchestra. Under his leadership, the VSO toured China, Korea, Canada and the United States. His innovations at VSO included the creation of the VSO School of Music, the annual VSO contemporary music festival and the VSO Orchestral Institute in Whistler, a comprehensive summer orchestral training program for young musicians held in the scenic hill station. from Whistler, British Columbia.
Since the resumption of concerts in the summer of 2021, Tovey has conducted the New York Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail Music Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Proms. His upcoming program outside of Rhode Island includes appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden.
Tovey runs the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra this Sunday 12 December at that of the Orchestra special matinee performance of Handel Messiah. Taking place at 3 p.m. at VETs, this marks Maestro Tovey‘s first messiah with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, and presents the superb Singers of Providence, Christine noel, Artistic director. A stellar assembly of soloists includes the soprano Mireille Asselin, mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen, tenor John Tessier, and bass Dean Elzinga. Tickets are available here: https://tickets.riphil.org or by calling 401-248-7000.