Vancouver, CANADA (April 20, 2022) – The VSO is thrilled to announce the appointment of its new Assistant Conductor, David Bui. The youthful, energetic, and internationally-acclaimed conductor officially joined the VSO roster on April 15, under the leadership of Music Director Maestro Otto Tausk.
Bui, 1st Prize Winner of the Ionel Perlea International Conducting Competition, graduated from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin and simultaneously made his debut with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin in 2017.
Participating in the ERASMUS exchange program led him to the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he studied with Prof. Ole Kristian Ruud and Prof. Sigmund Thorp in the fall semester of 2019. In October 2020, he started his Konzertexamen studies under Prof. Ulrich Windfuhr at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg.
In addition to his musical studies, Bui has participated in several festivals around the world. He took part in the Bartók Festival in Szombathely, Hungary, and the Mendelssohn Festival in Hamburg, Germany, and assistant conducted the PRISMA Festival in Powell River, BC.
He was recently invited to participate in the Pärnu Festival in Tallinn, Estonia. During his time there, he received a scholarship from the DAAD-PROMOS-Project-Sponsorship. David Bui was also one of the few students who were hand-selected by Maestro Riccardo Muti in a live audition to study with him in the 2019 edition of the Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy in Ravenna, Italy.
David Bui won 2nd prize in the International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest and was one of the finalists of the prestigious INTERKATION-Conductors Workshop in Berlin, Germany. From 2019 to 2021, David Bui was a fellow of the Forum Dirigieren. He will make his VSO conducting debut at ABBA The Concert on Wednesday and Thursday, May 11 and 12, 2022.
Andrew Crust with the Lima Symphony Orchestra
As the VSO announces the start of a new Assistant Conductor, they would like to thank outgoing Associate Conductor Andrew Crust (Marsha & George Taylor Chair) for his time with the orchestra. For three years, he has been involved in the planning and performance of the VSO’s programming, including curating two Pride performances, performing regularly throughout each season, and assisting with the school outreach programme, VSO Connects.
Andrew Crust will be missed by the community, musicians, and staff. Andrew supported the VSO immensely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and the orchestra wishes him all the best in the next phase of his career. He transitions out of the VSO Associate Conductor role at the end of June. He will return to conduct several concerts in the VSO’s upcoming 2022-2023 season as a guest conductor as he continues his position as Music Director of the Lima Symphony Orchestra.