Sarasota Orchestra music director dies of cancer

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) — Bramwell Tovey, Music Director of the Sarasota Orchestra, has died, the orchestra announced Wednesday.

Diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma in May 2019, Tovey underwent surgery in 2021 which briefly left him cancer-free. In January, the cancer returned. Tovey had been in poor health for the past few days, an orchestra spokeswoman said.

Tovey arrived in Sarasota in 2021, and in addition to extending his artistic leadership position at the Rhode Island Philharmonic, he was also named Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchester Symphonique de Québec.

An international musical leader and citizen of the world, he has had an impact on several generations on several continents through his creation, direction and teaching of music.

“The musical world has lost a real treasure,” said Tom Ryan, Chairman of the Sarasota Orchestra Board of Trustees.

“There was an immediate chemistry between Maestro Tovey and our orchestra.” said President and CEO Joseph McKenna.

“We shared with him the expectation of a long partnership. Like so many others, all of us at the Sarasota Orchestra feel the immense loss of a great friend and sincere collaborator. Our deepest thoughts go out to his family during this most difficult hour. »

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