Bradley Thachuk

Music Director

  • Member Since: 2010

Bradley Thachuk joined the Niagara Symphony Orchestra (NSO) as Music Director & Principal Conductor in May of 2010. Now the seventh Music Director & Principal Conductor in the Symphony’s sixty-seven year history, his role is key in revitalizing the Symphony’s relationship within the community as it awaits, with eager anticipation, the Fall 2015 move to its new home:  Partridge Hall, in the St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre.  Prior to joining the NSO, he served a successful nine-year term as Associate Conductor with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and as conducting assistant for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras in 2000-01, enjoying a continued association with these orchestras as a cover conductor.  In 2005, Thachuk was selected from an international field by legendary violinist/conductor Pinchas Zukerman and world-renowned conducting teacher Jorma Panula, to make his debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada as part of a young conductor showcase concert. He has since conducted orchestras and opera in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, the United States and Canada.

An advocate of contemporary music, he 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, 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 has also toured as the conductor for Australian rock group Air Supply, conducted the soundtrack for the film The Eternal Husband and is a much sought-after symphonic arranger.
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.

Online, Bradley Thachuk can be found at ,  and on Facebook.  His concert attire is designed by Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu.