Meet The Orchestra

Music Director

Otto Tausk

Otto Tausk

‘The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conjured up clouds of fluid, silky sounds of all dynamic ranges.…
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RBC Assistant Conductor

David Bui

David Bui

David Bui, 1st Prize Winner of the Ionel Perlea International Conducting Competition, graduated from the…
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First Violins

Nicholas Wright

Nicholas Wright

Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Wright  is a native of England. His engagements as…
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Timothy Steeves

Timothy Steeves

Canadian violinist Timothy Steeves has performed throughout North America and Europe as a soloist, chamber…
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Jae-Won Bang

Jae-Won Bang

Violinist Jae-Won Bang received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Violin Performance from the…
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Yi Zhou

Yi Zhou

Yi Zhou began her violin studies at the age of 6 in Mainland China. After…
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Jenny Essers

Jenny Essers

Originally from Bethesda, Maryland, Jenny began her violin studies with her father, Hendrik Essers. She…
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Xue Feng Wei

Xue Feng Wei

After an unexpected encounter with fate, Xue Feng started studying at the China Central Conservatory…
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Second Violins

Ashley Plaut

Ashley Plaut

Violinist Ashley Plaut maintains an active schedule as both orchestral player and chamber musician. Formerly…
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Ann Okagaito

Ann Okagaito

A Toronto native, Ann Okagaito started studying violin with the Suzuki method at the Royal…
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Kimi Hamaguchi

Kimi Hamaguchi

Violinist and Vancouver native Kimi Hamaguchi maintains an active performance and teaching schedule.  She has played with notable…
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Violas

Hung-Wei Huang

Hung-Wei Huang

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, violist Hung-Wei Huang joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as Principal Viola…
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Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

Andrew James Brown is the Associate-Principal violist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and was a…
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Emilie Grimes

Emilie Grimes

Emilie Grimes has been an active orchestral and chamber musician since she first began playing…
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Matthew Davies

Matthew Davies

Originally from Chilliwack, B.C.,  Matthew Davies has been described as a "thoughtful, deeply honest, and communicative musician",…
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Peter Ing

Peter Ing

Canadian-born Chinese violist, Peter Ing, is a seasonal musician with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  Peter…
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Cellos

Henry Shapard

Henry Shapard

Henry Shapard was appointed Principal Cello of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in March of 2020, when…
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Janet Steinberg

Janet Steinberg

Originally from San Francisco, Janet Steinberg moved to Canada and joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra…
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Zoltan Rozsnyai

Zoltan Rozsnyai

Zoltan Rozsnyai was born into a musical family. Both his parents and grandparents were professional…
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Olivia Blander

Olivia Blander

Originally from Ottawa, Olivia Blander completed her Masters of Music degree at Yale University in…
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Natasha Boyko

Natasha Boyko

Natasha Boyko received her Doctorate Degree with Honours from the Kiev State Conservatory in 1978.…
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Luke Kim

Luke Kim

A member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Cello Quartet, Luke Wook-Young Kim…
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Cristian Márkos

Cristian Márkos

Romanian-Canadian cellist Cristian Márkos has been a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 1999.…
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Basses

Dylan Palmer

Dylan Palmer

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dylan Palmer joined the Vancouver Symphony as Principal Double Bass…
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Evan Hulbert

Evan Hulbert

Evan Hulbert is the Associate Principal Bass of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a position he…
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Noah Reitman

Noah Reitman

Born in Los Angeles, California, Noah Reitman discovered classical music and the double bass in…
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David Brown

David Brown

Bassist David Brown has been a member of Vancouver's professional music community for thirty years.…
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Flutes

Christie Reside

Christie Reside

Christie Reside has been the Principal Flute of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2004. Originally…
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Dakota Martin

Dakota Martin

Originally from Perth Ontario, Dakota Martin enjoys a multifaceted career performing regularly across Canada, Europe…
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Chris James

Chris James

Canadian flutist Chris James is a highly versatile young performer. Praised by the New York…
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Piccolo

Chris James

Chris James

Canadian flutist Chris James is a highly versatile young performer. Praised by the New York…
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Oboes

Beth Orson

Beth Orson

Beth Orson has played Assistant Principal Oboe and English Horn with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra…
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Karin Walsh

Karin Walsh

Karin Walsh has played Second Oboe in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2006. From 2006-2008…
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English Horn

Beth Orson

Beth Orson

Beth Orson has played Assistant Principal Oboe and English Horn with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra…
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Clarinets

Jeanette Jonquil

Jeanette Jonquil

Jeanette Jonquil has been the principal clarinetist in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2005. She…
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Bass Clarinet

E-Flat Clarinet

Bassoons

Julia Lockhart

Julia Lockhart

A native of Calgary, Julia gained her first professional experience at age sixteen, playing as…
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Gwen Seaton

Gwen Seaton

Gwen Seaton joined the Vancouver Symphony as Second Bassoon in 2009. Originally from the Lower…
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Sophie Dansereau

Sophie Dansereau

Born in Sorel-Tracy, Sophie Dansereau obtained the \"Prix avec Grande Distinction à l'unanimité\" in bassoon…
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Contrabassoon

Sophie Dansereau

Sophie Dansereau

Born in Sorel-Tracy, Sophie Dansereau obtained the \"Prix avec Grande Distinction à l'unanimité\" in bassoon…
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French Horn

Andrew Mee

Andrew Mee

Andrew Mee was thrilled to join the horn section of the Vancouver Symphony in 2012.…
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Holly Bryan

Holly Bryan

Holly Bryan is thrilled to join the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra horn section in an acting…
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Trumpet

Larry Knopp

Larry Knopp

Larry Knopp began his career as Acting Principal Trumpet of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at…
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Vincent Vohradsky

Vincent Vohradsky

In 2011 Vincent Vohradsky became the second trumpet with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his…
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Marcus Goddard

Marcus Goddard

Marcus Goddard is an award-winning composer and internationally respected trumpet player whose music has touched…
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Trombones

Brian Wendel

Brian Wendel

Brian Wendel joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trombone in 2017, at age 21.…
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Andrew Poirier

Andrew Poirier

Andrew Poirier hails from Lewisporte, Newfoundland and began his musical studies in the Salvation Army.…
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Bass Trombone

Tuba

Timpani

Aaron McDonald

Aaron McDonald

Aaron McDonald is Principal Timpanist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Lake Tahoe Summerfest…
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Percussion

Vern Griffiths

Vern Griffiths

Vern Griffiths is a dynamic and versatile performer who joined the Vancouver Symphony as Principal…
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Michael Jarrett

Michael Jarrett

Michael Jarrett is a percussionist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Growing up in Atlanta, Michael…
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Harp