Canadian conductor, Bradley Thachuk, is the Music Director of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra (NSO), entering his 11th season as artistic leader and conductor in the 2021-2022 season.
Previously, he held the positions of Music Director of the Erie Chamber Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic (Indiana), Interim Music Director of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra (Canada), Conducting Assistant of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras (Ohio), Staff Conductor of the Opera Theatre of Lucca (Italy), and Music Director of the Brampton Symphony Orchestra (Canada).
As an in-demand guest conductor in North America and Europe, Mr. Thachuk’s recent guest engagements include the English Symphony Orchestra (U.K.), Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal (Germany), the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the U.K. “Genesis Revisited” tour with legendary guitarist Steve Hackett, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Ocean City Pops, 13 Strings (Canada), the Reading Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (Canada), the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Tuscon Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops, the Richmond Symphony, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic (Czech Republic). Additionally, he was appointed Festival Orchestra Conductor for the 2019 season of the Festival de Febero in Mexico.
“It is with incredible excitement that we can finally return to the concert hall for a new year of varied programming, spectacular guest artists, and passionate performances by your orchestra!”
An advocate of contemporary music, he 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.
A versatile and diverse musician, Maestro Thachuk has also established himself globally as one of the handful of conductors who moves easily between the classical and rock worlds. He is a highly sought-after symphonic arranger, with numerous collaborations. Recent and upcoming projects include Steve Hackett of Genesis, the music of Leonard Cohen, a tribute to the Tragically Hip, Dave Mason of Fleetwood Mac and Traffic, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars franchise, Tony-Award winning Heather Headley, Sarah Slean, Chantal Kreviazuk, The Beach Boys, and Air Supply.
A supporter of the next generation of orchestral musicians, Thachuk is also a lecturer in Orchestral Literature at the world-renowned Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, sharing his knowledge and passion for orchestral music with post-grad students from around the world.