otto tausk


Otto Tausk


The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conjured up clouds of fluid, silky sounds of all dynamic ranges. All these extreme contrasts were brought together with great precision, masterly framed by Otto Tausk.

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  • Dutch conductor.

  • Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

  • Artistic Advisor Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music.

  • Previously Music Director of Holland Symfonia (Netherlands) and the Theater und Orchester Sankt Gallen (Zwitserland) where he conducted numerous operas including the world premiere Annas Maske by Swiss composer David Hefti, the Swiss premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt, and other titles: Don Giovanni, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Eugene Onegin, West Side Story, Lohengrin and Ariadne auf Naxos.

  • Guest conductor with: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Los Angeles Philharmonic (opening the Green Umbrella series), the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, the orchestras of Perth, Tasmania, Auckland, Melbourne and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Scottish symphonies.

  • The 2018/2019 season begins with Tausk’s London concert debut at the BBC Proms, conducting BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben. In Vancouver programs with soloists such as James Ehnes, Renee Fleming, the Jussen Brothers and Itzhak Perlman.

  • Returning to the Dutch National Opera in spring 2019 with the world premiere Curuso in Cuba by fellow Dutchman Micha Hamel.

  • Recorded with the Concertgebouw Orchestra (Luc Braeways, and an animated version of Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’), Tonhalle Orchestra St Gallen (Korngold and Diepenbrock), BBC Scottish (Mendelssohn) and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (Gavin Bryers).

  • For the cpo label in 2011 Hans Pfitzner’s enchanting Orchesterlieder garnered international praise, not least the Classica France’s “Choc du mois”. His recent Prokofiev disc with Rosanne Philippens also received BBC Music Magazine Concerto Disc of the Month (2018).

  • Born in Utrecht, initially studied violin with Viktor Liberman and Istvan Parkanyi.

  • Studied conducting with Kenneth Montgomery, Jurjen Hempel and with Jonas Aleksa in Vilnius, Lithuania.

  • Between 2004 – 2007 assistant conductor to Valery Gergiev with the Rotterdam Philharmonic.

  • Presented ‘de Olifant’ prize by the City of Haarlem. He received this prestigious award for his contribution to the Arts in the Netherlands, in particular his extensive work with Holland Symfonia serving as Music Director 2007 to 2012.




It was music of enormous life-experience and depth, movingly-realised by conductor Otto Tausk and the BBC SSO.
— Herald Scotland | It was music of enormous life-experience and depth, movingly-realised by conductor Otto Tausk and the BBC SSO
Tausk and the MSO gave a superbly detailed, powerful and well-judged performance of the work.
— David Barmby, Limelight Magazine | Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Debussy: La Mer
After interval, the orchestra brought us Poulenc’s Sinfonietta, with nothing but incredible flow across the sections, gentle wind and trumpet solos, and a warm body of sound from all. 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. To leave you unashamedly with a pun, I was truly impressed.
— Stephanie Eslake | Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra | Poulenc, Hosokawa, Ravel
The music is warmly Romantic and highly evocative, and Tausk and the BBCNOW gave us an assured and atmospheric reading.
— Nick Boston, Bachtrack | BBC Proms | Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
With his sensitive conducting, Otto Tausk succeeded in maintaining this melancholic tone throughout the evening, never letting it slip into extreme misery or kitsch by means of a speedy tempo and a very beautifully elaborated transparency of the sound.
— Oper Aktuell | Sankt Gallen | Eugene Onegin
The orchestra conducted by Otto Tauskshows itself on brilliant form. It brings to light all the shades of the score, the delicate, the poetic as well as the strikingly impressive.
— Ostschweiz | Richard Wagner, Lohengrin | Sankt Gallen
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