The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra announced that Dutch conductor Otto Tausk will be its next music director, beginning July 1, 2018. Tausk will succeed British conductor Bramwell Tovey, 63, who has served as VSO music director since 2000.
Tausk started his musical career as a violinist. He studied conducting, studying with teachers in the Netherlands and Jonas Aleksa in Vilnius, Lithuania. From 2004 to 2006, Tausk was assistant conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, working with Valery Gergiev. Since 2012, Tausk has been music director of Switzerland’s Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre St. Gallen.