The Victoria Symphony performs on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen peoples and acknowledges with respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continues to this day. We extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live, create, and perform on this territory.
The Victoria Symphony, one of British Columbia’s largest performing arts organizations, is heard annually by 140,000 people in nearly 60 main season concerts, education concerts, summer concerts, performances in Duncan and Qualicum Beach. A medium-sized orchestra in size and scope, the Victoria Symphony is recognized as a leader in the promotion of Canadian new music. Throughout the years, audiences have discovered the joy and exhilaration of an extraordinary symphonic experience as we continue to grow artistically and our musicians perform with pride and passion.
Maestro Christian Kluxen
Already in his fourth season as Music Director of the Victoria Symphony in Canada and third season as Chief Conductor of the Arctic Opera and Philharmonic in Norway, Christian Kluxen must be regarded as one of the most remarkable and unique conductors emerging from the Scandinavian scene.
In the press he has been described as “a dynamic, charismatic figure” who “forms the music with an impressive vertical power of emotion and a focus on the grand form”, conducting “with exemplary clarity and a heavenly warmth”. Throughout his two positions in Canada and Norway he is being recognized for his sincere and transparent leadership, innovative programming and his bold, imaginative and energetic interpretations…
Giuseppe Pietraroia is Associate Conductor for both the Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria. As a guest conductor he has been engaged by l’Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestra London, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Hamilton Philharmonic, Okanagan Symphony, Regina Symphony, Kingston…
Principal Pops Conductor
Maestro Sean O’Loughlin
Sean O’Loughlin (b.1972) is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Victoria Symphony and the Principal Pops Conductor of Symphoria in Syracuse, NY. As a composer and arranger, his music is characterized by vibrant rhythms, passionate melodies, and colorful scoring. Commissions from the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Los Angeles…
Rodney Sharman lives on traditional Musqueam territory in Vancouver, Canada. He has been Composer-in-Residence of Early Music Vancouver’s “New Music for Old Instruments”, the Victoria Symphony, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Vancouver Symphony, and Composer-Host of the Calgary Philharmonic’s…
Musicians of the Victoria Symphony
The Victoria Symphony is made up of a diverse group of Canadian and international musicians.