Lead Impact: Leadership Lessons from the Symphony with Otto Tausk


PODCAST March 11, 2021



Show Summary:

Making music is an often-used metaphor in leadership. Teamwork, coordination, discipline, flexibility, goal setting and execution are required components for success both in an orchestra and in leadership. So what does it take to make an orchestra a success?

Host Ron Haik speaks with Otto Tausk, Musical Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and guest Conductor to numerous prestigious orchestras across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. They discuss Otto’s upbringing and leadership style, how he works across cultures, handles challenges and brings the best out of his musicians, the behind-the-scenes of running an orchestra and the role mentorship has played in his life.
Mentioned in this episode:

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

Guest Bio – Otto Tausk

Dutch conductor Otto Tausk is the Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, now in his third season. He is also the newly announced Chief Conductor of the recently formed Phion Orkest van Gelderland & Overijssel. In addition to his work with the VSO, Otto has appeared and continues to appear as a guest conductor for prestigious orchestras across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He is a hugely respected musical personality in his native Holland, working with all its major orchestras and composers.

Born in Utrecht, Tausk initially studied violin and then conducting with Jonas Aleksa. Between 2004 and 2006, Tausk was assistant conductor to Valery Gergiev with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, a period of study that had a profound impact on him. In 2011 Tausk was presented with the ‘De Olifant’ prize by the City of Haarlem. He received this prestigious award for his contribution to the Arts in the Netherlands, in particular his extensive work with Holland Symfonia serving as Music Director 2007 to 2012.

About the Host – Ron Haik 

Ron Haik is a Senior Financial Planner and the Ontario Regional Manager in the Nicola Wealth’s Toronto office, with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has gained a breadth of experience working with some of the world’s largest financial institutions advising clients in a variety of roles, such as Financial Planner and Investment Advisor, in the areas of domestic and offshore planning for the high net worth segment.

For his full bio, visit: nicolawealth.com/our-team/ron-haik





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