Dutchman Otto Tausk is the music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor of the Phion, Orkest van Gelderland & Overijssel. Until the spring of 2018, he was music director for the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra and the St Gallen Opera in Switzerland.
Originally trained as a violinist, Tausk held his first chief conductor position at the Holland Symfonia in Haarlem. Since then, he has appeared with leading orchestras worldwide, including the Concertgebouw Orchestra in his native Holland, several of the BBC orchestras and around North America, including Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has also guest conducted the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, amongst many others.
One of Otto Tausk's great interests is the music of our time, and he has premiered many new works in different countries. Among his acclaimed and award-winning recordings are new music by the Englishman Gavin Bryars, but also late-romantic orchestral works by Korngold, Hans Pfitzner and the Dutchman Alphons Diepenbrock.