Bradley Thachuk

Musical Director - Bradley Thachuk

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.

Now beginning his 10th year as Music Director of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Bradley Thachuk continually strives for excellence, developing an ever-stronger orchestra and an enviable rapport with his audience through bold creative decisions and innovative programming choices.  During his tenure, the NSO has broken the mold for regional orchestras; audiences in the Niagara Region have come to expect - and relish - the unexpected from Maestro Thachuk!  Firmly committed to fostering new talent, he seeks out emerging Canadian artists to feature the super-stars of tomorrow on stage with the NSO.  Bradley Thachuk proudly welcomed Stewart Goodyear as 2015-16 Artist-in-Residence, introduced Kevin Lau as Composer-In-Residence in 2018-2019 and invited world-renowned Baroque specialist Aisslinn Nosky to serve a three-year term as the NSO’s inaugural Principal Guest Conductor.  His ability to form such key artistic partnerships with Canada’s most renowned performers and composers is both a positive creative force in the Canadian music industry and a powerful signal that our nation’s best artists are truly world-class.

Bradley Thachuk’s eclectic background is uniquely suited to this exciting and inclusive approach to orchestral concerts.  Combining his early love of rock and roll with comprehensive classical training in Europe and North America, Maestro Thachuk is equally at home exploring major composers in depth through multi-year concert cycles and conducting concerts of popular works and international tours of music by Genesis and The Tragically Hip.  His familiarity with an exciting variety of genres, plus a profound respect and understanding of the magnificent traditions of orchestral music, has led Maestro Thachuk to expand the boundaries of symphonic performance in Niagara and beyond.

Bradley Thachuk is native of Toronto, where he studied French horn and classical guitar at U of T.  After a short detour from classical music performing with rock bands and working his way across Europe, he gradually shifted to the study of conducting, leading symphonies and opera orchestras across Europe and North America. 

Maestro Thachuk is an accomplished orchestral arranger, in demand as a guest conductor, and a committed 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, and continues to programme new works at the NSO.  Prior to making his home in Niagara, he obtained his Masters Degree from the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, served as Conducting Assistant for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with renowned conductor Maestro Paavo Järvi, and was Associate Conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for nine seasons.  Under his baton, the NSO’s regional presence has expanded; Thachuk has led the orchestra at Jackson Triggs with Chantal Kreviazuk and Jim Cuddy, in guest appearances with Music Niagara, the Welland Port Colborne Concert Society, and for special performances at the Niagara College Seafood Gala and the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights.  Milestones with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra include launching concert cycles of major works by Beethoven and Sibelius, celebrating the NSO’s 70th anniversary, and preparing the orchestra for the move into the orchestra’s new home at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in 2015.

Bradley Thachuk, Music Director
Niagara Symphony Orchestra
Tweet to: @BradleyThachuk