By Logan Martell
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of composer Trevor Wilson as its RBC Resident Conductor, and the extension of Simon Rivard’s position as conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Wilson will begin his residency in September, which will last through the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons. He was selected from a body of conductors across Canada and worldwide. Wilson will work with Music Director Gustavo Gimeno through rehearsals and performances, and will lead TSO’s Young People’s Concerts of Platypus Theatre’s “How the Gimquat Found Her Song,” “The Hockey Sweater,” and other orchestral events.
“The Orchestra and I were very impressed by Trevor’s obvious gifts as a conductor,” Gimeno said in an official press statement. “His audition showed a confidence, musical intelligence and sensitivity that will be an asset to his work and growth with the TSO. We look forward to the next two years together.”
Rivard, the previous RBC Resident Conductor, will remain in his position as TSYO Conductor through their 50th anniversary season in 2023-24.
“I am extremely pleased that Simon Rivard will continue in the position of TSYO Conductor through the Orchestra’s milestone 50th season,” Gimeno continued. “Simon’s energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the next generation of musicians and music lovers has been invaluable to the TSO. He has demonstrated extraordinary leadership of the TSYO and has kept members active, engaged, and inspired through the unprecedented challenges of the past two years.”