In May 2010, after a 2 year search, Bradley Thachuk was appointed as Music Director & Principal Conductor of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra (NSO) following a successful nine-year term as the Associate Conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and numerous engagements as guest conductor across North America and Europe.
During his tenure with the NSO, Thachuk has explored increasingly ambitious programming while continuing his commitment to a culture of excellence and expanding the NSO audience’s appreciation of diverse repertoire. Maestro Thachuk continues to introduce Niagara audiences to stellar guest artists, presenting James Ehnes, Aisslinn Nosky, Erin Wall in the 2015/16 season, and Canadian composers Kevin Lau, John Estacio, and the orchestra’s first Artist-in-Residence, Stewart Goodyear.
In 2011 Thachuk and the NSO were seen in an HBO documentary with Chantal Kreviazuk, and under his baton, the orchestra has performed for the opening of the 2013 Festival of Lights, the 2014 Niagara College 25th Anniversary Seafood Gala and across the region with the Welland Port Colborne Concert Society, The Machine, and Chorus Niagara, among others.
The NSO’s 2012/13 season saw the introduction by Thachuk of a new Family Series, which continues now as the Classical Family series, as well as a spectacular multi-year Beethoven project. That project is a central feature of the 2015/16 season when Maestro Thachuk leads the orchestra onto the stages of Partridge and Cairns Halls for its inaugural season in the new FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.
Born in Toronto, Thachuk studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, focusing on guitar for several years before pursuing a career as a conductor. An advocate of contemporary music, Bradley Thachuk has led many world and U.S. premieres of works by composers, including John Estacio, Ronald Royer, Doug Opel, Arcangel Castillo Olivari and Robert Baker. He was also conductor and co-founder of the Canadian contemporary group, the Cygnus Ensemble.
Equally at home in the world of opera, he made his European operatic debut conducting Don Giovanni at the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Italy, serving for two years as staff conductor with Opera Theatre of Lucca. Thachuk has also held the position of Interim Music Director for the Prince George Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia and conducted orchestras and opera in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, the United States and Canada.
From 2000 to 2002 Thachuk was the Opera Conductor for Miami University (Ohio), and from 1995 to 1998 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.
Bradley Thachuk received his masters degree and began doctoral studies in conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and continued his studies privately with conductor Paavo Järvi, music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris.