KD SCHMID Otto Tausk

Conductor

Otto Tausk

Biography – about the artist.

Music Director Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Artistic Advisor the VSO School of Music

Now in his fifth season as the Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) and Artistic Advisor of the VSO School of Music, Dutch conductor Otto Tausk has proven extraordinary artistic leadership in the VSO community and beyond. His innovatively re-imagined digital performance series and the initiative to introduce Canadian contemporary music, including five indigenous composers’ works, was received to great acclaim and significantly widened the orchestra’s reach. Tausk is a passionate believer in the concert as a shared experience between the performers and the audience, and his inclusive approach has had a profound impact on the community of Vancouver where the orchestra has become an essential part of the cultural identity of the city and its people.

Otto Tausk’s musical expertise ranges from historically informed performances of Mozart and Beethoven to the early 20th century scores of Prokofiev, Stravinsky and R. Strauss, and to new works by today’s composers. In the 2022/23 season he concludes the VSO’s multi-season project of pairing each of the Schumann symphonies with a newly commissioned work; he performs masterpieces by Ravel, Bartók, Mahler, R. Strauss, Stravinsky and John Adams, and works with stellar soloists such as Itzhak Perlman, Hilary Hahn, Khatia Buniatishvili, Hélène Grimaud, and Lang Lang. Additionally he guest conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and Staatskapelle Weimar among others.


Tausk has worked with the Concertgebouworkest, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, Orchestre National de Belgique, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with whom he made his BBC Proms debut in 2018.

As Chief Conductor of the Sinfonieorchester und Theater St. Gallen from 2012 to 2018, Tausk led numerous opera productions such as the world premiere of Annas Maske by Swiss composer David Philip Hefti, the Swiss premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt, Don Giovanni, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Eugene Onegin, West Side Story, Lohengrin and Ariadne auf Naxos. He is a long-time collaborator of the Dutch composer Michel van der Aa and recently conducted the highly acclaimed world premiere production of Upload in Amsterdam, Köln, Bregenz and New York. Upcoming opera productions include Beethoven’s Fidelio and Thomas Ades’s Powder her face.

Tausk has recorded with the Concertgebouworkest, Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Hans Pfitzner’s Orchesterlieder for the CPO label and Prokofiev with Rosanne Philippens on Channel Classics garnered international praise.

Born in Utrecht, Otto Tausk studied violin with Viktor Lieberman and conducting with Jonas Aleksa. From 2004 to 2006, he was an Assistant Conductor to Valery Gergiev with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011, he received the prestigious ‘De Olifant’ prize of City of Haarlem, recognising his achievements as music director of the Holland Symfonia and his contribution to the Arts in the Netherlands.

SEASON 2022/2023

The next dates:

02.12.2022

The Orpheum Vancouver

Vancouver

03.12.2022

Bell Performing Arts Centre

Surrey

19.12.2022

Stadthalle Kassel

Kassel

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30.12.2022

DR Koncerthuset / DR Concert Hall

Copenhagen

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30.12.2022

DR Koncerthuset / DR Concert Hall

Copenhagen

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31.12.2022

DR Koncerthuset / DR Concert Hall

Copenhagen

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13.01.2023

The Orpheum Vancouver

Vancouver

14.01.2023

The Orpheum Vancouver

Vancouver

09.02.2023

The Orpheum Vancouver

Vancouver

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17.02.2023

The Orpheum Vancouver

Vancouver

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18.02.2023

The Orpheum Vancouver

Vancouver

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23.02.2023

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles

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24.02.2023

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles

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25.02.2023

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles

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26.02.2023

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles

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10.03.2023

The Orpheum Vancouver

Vancouver

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11.03.2023

Bell Performing Arts Centre

Surrey

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12.03.2023

The Orpheum Vancouver

Vancouver

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31.03.2023

The Orpheum Vancouver

Vancouver

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01.04.2023

The Orpheum Vancouver

Vancouver

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22.04.2023

Wilminktheater en Muziekcentrum Enschede

Enschede

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29.04.2023

Theater a/h Vrijthof

Maastricht

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Your contact persons:

General Management:

Jeongmin Kim

+44 20 7395 09-12

jeongmin.kim@kdschmid.co.uk

General Management:

Sian Watson

+44 20 7395 09-13

sian.watson@kdschmid.co.uk

Alexandre Lenne

Artist Coordinator

+44 20 7395 09-10

alexandre.lenne@kdschmid.co.uk

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Discography.

Rosanne Philippens

Plays Prokofiev

09.2017, Channel Classics, CD

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Horizon 6

03.2015, RCO, CD

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Korngold

Violin Concerto

01.2015, Brilliant Classics, CD

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Alphons Diepenbrock

Orchestral Songs

11.2014, CPO, CD

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Hans Pfitzner

Orchesterlieder

11.2010, CPO, CD

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Press.

„Tausk emphasized precision and clarity with the orchestra without sacrificing emotion and narrative power.“

NRC Amsterdam, Joost Galema, 06.12.2021

„The cellist has an ideal partner in Otto Tausk. A seasoned opera conductor, Tausk responds to the slightest inflection of the soloist, competing with him in vocal fullness.“

Le Soleil, Emmanuel Bernier, 13.02.2020

„Otto Tausk showed genuine fortitude in thinking out these three masterpieces on his own terms and christening his own brand of Mozart style and orchestration. It was an impressive initial foray into these works: a fine mixture of clarity, cohesion and rhythmic strength.“

Vancouver Classical Music, Geoffrey Newman, 25.03.2019

„Tausk proved to be an excellent accompanist; there were so many musical moments where everything just clicked.“

American Record Guide, James Harrington, 19.12.2018

„Under Tausk's baton, the orchestra made this 1855 piece seem like an equal masterpiece. Tausk elicited a brightness from the band […] and gave the simple melodies of the first movement a real pastoral charm.“

nj.com, James C. Taylor, 16.10.2018

„In the absence of ego and excessive stage presence, Tausk’s musical presence brought a new kind of sound from the players – incredibly tight and controlled and exploding with personality.“

Limelight Magazine, Stephanie Eslake, 07.09.2018

„a strong Proms debut for Tausk.“

Bachtrack, Nick Boston, 03.08.2018

„Tausk […] gave a fine demonstration of his excellent rapport with the orchestra“

Seen and Heard International, Geoffrey Newman, 21.10.2017