Conductor William Rowson is hailed as one of Canada’s most compelling and versatile young artists. He has worked with orchestras across Canada and currently serves as Music Director and Artistic Advisor of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra. From 2016-2018 Bill was the Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, becoming the Associate Conductor in 2018. He led the Grammy® and JUNO® award-winning ensemble in over 160 performances. To great acclaim, he conducted the VSO’s inaugural Sunset Beach outdoor concert to a crowd of over 14,000.
An active composer as well as conductor, Rowson’s music has been performed by orchestras and ensembles throughout Canada, the US and Europe, and has been broadcast in over 20 countries. His recent work Short Variations on Waves was featured on the 2021 JUNO® award-winning album Mosaïque by the Ensemble Made in Canada, and his Fanfare for Canada’s 150th was premiered by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Dausgaard. This performance has been viewed 141,000 times on YouTube. Upcoming projects include the 2022 premiere of a new children’s opera Frog Song, as well as The Carnival of OUR Animals, written in collaboration with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Indigenous Council.
In addition to performances with the Stratford Symphony, upcoming season highlights include appearances with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Guelph Symphony Orchestra, as Music Director finalist, and the Regina Symphony, as well as return engagements with the Saskatoon Symphony and the VSO.