February 18, 2017
Church of the Covenant
250 W 7th St
Canadian conductor Bradley Thachuk is the Music Director of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra (appointed in 2010) following a very successful nine year term as the Associate Conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic(Indiana, USA). Previously, Thachuk held the position of Interim Music Director for the Prince George Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia. He has conducted orchestras and opera in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, the United States and Canada.
From 2000–2 Thachuk was the Opera Conductor for Miami University (Ohio), and from 1995–98 he held the position of music director for the Brampton Symphony Orchestra in Ontario. In 2005, Thachuk was selected from an international field by legendary violinist/conductor Pinchas Zukerman and world-renowned conductor Jorma Panula to make his debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada.
An advocate of contemporary music, he has led many world premieres and U.S. premieres of works by composers including John Estacio, Ronald Royer, Doug Opel, Arcangel Castillo Olivari and Robert Baker, in addition to being co-founder and conductor of the contemporary music group, the Cygnus Ensemble in Canada. In 1997 he made his European operatic debut, conducting Don Giovanni at the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Italy, where he held the position of staff conductor for two years with the Opera Theatre of Lucca.
Thachuk received his masters degree and began doctoral studies in conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Mark Gibson and Christopher Zimmerman, and continued his studies privately with conductor Paavo Järvi, music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris.