(Thunder Bay) It has been announced by the TSO in Toronto today that Simon Rivard, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra’s Conductor-in-Residence, has been hired by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as their new Resident Conductor.
Rivard will be working directly under the TSO’s new Interim Artistic Director, Sir Andrew Davis. In a statement issued today Davis says, “Simon is a gifed young conductor who radiates energy. A versatile, well-rounded musician, he is an accomplished violinist whose interest in new repertoire, vocal music, and education reveals an open and adventurous mind.” In addition to other duties Rivard will be on the podium with the TSO in select education, community, and classical concerts next season.
This is wonderful news for the TBSO, as it turns out. Rivard and the TSO have arranged his schedule to allow him to continue to perform most of his duties with the TBSO in Thunder Bay, retaining his contract here for at least another season, continuing on as the TBSO’s Associate Conductor, effective September 1st.
TBSO President, Linda Penner, in congratulating Rivard said, “We’re over the moon for Simon and celebrate his success. This comes as no surprise to us, knowing when we hired him that he was destined for great things.” She went on to say that Rivard’s success casts a very positive light on the TBSO’s brand and reputation.
Rivard will commence his duties in Toronto immediately, while continuing to plan his next season’s activities here in Thunder Bay.