Vancouver-based conductor, composer and pianist Bramwell Tovey will be presented with the 2013 Friends of Canadian Music Award on September 30.
The award, presented by the Canadian League of Composers (CLC) and the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), honours those who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to Canadian composers and their music. It is accompanied by a cash prize of $2000.
Tovey is a tenured music director with the Vancouver Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. His expertise includes operatic, choral, British and contemporary repertoire and his multi-faceted perspective as a musician, composer, and conductor. Tovey is internationally renowned as a conductor of depth and warmth at the podium. He was honoured with the Best Canadian Classical Composition Juno® Award in 2003 for his Requiem for a Charred Skull. In 2008 he received a Grammy with violinist James Ehnes in the Best Soloist with Orchestra Category.
Tovey will receive the award at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's Opening Weekend.