Bradley Thachuk is now in his 9th season as Music Director of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra. As NSO Music Director, Thachuk has explored increasingly ambitious programming while reaffirming his commitment to a culture of excellence and expanding the NSO’s audience’s appreciation of diverse repertoire. He proudly features world-renowned guest artists and Canadian composers and introduced a Classical Family Series to engage younger audiences. As a passionate believer in music education, Thachuk has worked with the staff and board of directors to increase the NSO’s influence throughout the entire region in this most important of missions.
Under Thachuk’s leadership, the NSO has expanded their season, tripling its concert offerings in just 5 years and made the move into the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Thachuk and the NSO recorded a 2011 HBO documentary and worldwide CD release with Chantal Kreviazuk, and have performed annually at the Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre with some of Canada’s finest popular artists including Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo. Maintaining a strong regional presence, Thachuk and the NSO were featured at the 2013 Festival of Lights opening and the 25th Anniversary Niagara College Seafood Gala, and have made guest appearances with Music Niagara, the Welland Port Colborne Concert Society, and Chorus Niagara. An advocate of contemporary music, Thachuk has led world, Canadian and U.S. premieres of works by John Estacio, Joseph Schwantner, Kevin Lau, Stewart Goodyear, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Roydon Tse, Robert A. Baker and Ronald Royer, amongst others. He also introduced the NSO’s first Artist-in-Residence in the 2015-2016 season, invited renowned violinist and conductor Aisslinn Nosky to serve as the orchestra’s first Principal Guest Conductor and established Kevin Lau as the NSO’s Composer in Residence for the 18-19 season. Other milestones include a comprehensive Beethoven cycle, leading the celebrations of the orchestra’s 70th anniversary, and launching a Sibelius cycle last season.
Maestro Thachuk made his European operatic debut conducting Don Giovanni at the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Italy, and his US operatic debut conducting Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress in Cincinnati. He was Music Director for the Brampton Symphony Orchestra, Interim Music Director the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, staff conductor for the Opera Theatre of Lucca in Italy, and has conducted orchestras and opera in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, and throughout North America. Prior to arriving in Niagara he was Conducting Assistant for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Paavo Järvi, and Associate Conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Guest engagements this season include the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and a tour of the UK with Steve Hackett of Genesis.