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American conductor Wilson Hermanto has an international profile, bringing musicality and flair to the projects and performances he conducts. Highlights of his 2014/2015 season include Richard Strauss celebration concerts with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie in Saarbrücken, broadcast on both radio and television; his debut with the Orchestre national de Lorraine in Metz, France to conduct works by Liszt and Bartok; return invitations to Orquesta filarmonica de Bogota and Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne. Later in 2015 Wilson conducts the new music Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva.
06 Jul 2015
Wilson Hermanto returns to the Orquesta Filarmónica Bogotá on July 11, 2015 to conduct both the Orchestra and distinguished...
17 Mar 2015
Conductor Wilson Hermanto returns to Orquesta Filarmónica Bogotá this week, culminating in a concert on Saturday March 21 at the León de Greiff Auditorium, 4 pm.
12 Jan 2015
Hermanto conducts Bartok & Liszt; Orchestre national de Lorraine in Metz, January 16 2015. An exciting programme for the first concert of January 2015 at the Arsenal in Metz. ...
18 Dec 2014
Wilson Hermanto’s debut with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbruecken Kaiserlautern in two concerts of Richard Strauss and Bruch in December 2014, were...
10 Dec 2014
Wilson Hermanto conducts the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbruecken Kaiserlautern in two concerts which celebrate the works of Richard Strauss: Friday...
08 Jul 2014
Wilson Hermanto makes his debut with the Jalisco Philharmonic, Mexico, in two debut performances entitled IMPRESSIONS OF ITALY.
The concerts on July 11 and 13 present a...
08 May 2014
Wilson Hermanto makes his conducting debut with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra on May 10/11, 2014. Conducting some of his favourite repertoire, he presents programmes of Ravel and...
19 Feb 2014
Wilson Hermanto maked his debut with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana Lugano on Friday February 21 in an interesting programme pairing Schubert and Schreker with two works for saxophone and...
16 Oct 2013
Conductor Wilson Hermanto is invited to return to the BBC after his debut concert last season. He conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on Friday 18 October at 2 pm. The concert will be...
21 Feb 2013
Debuts for conductor Wilson Hermanto and Leonard Elschenbroich, cellist and BBC New Generation Artist, with the Ulster Orchestra on Friday February 22 at 14.00.
This BBC Invitation...
Associazione Culturale "Persinsala" - Jan 2013
The Mercury News, San Jose (Symphony Silicon Valley, San Jose) - Oct 2012
Frank Kuznik, Culture Editor of The Prague Post - Jan 2011
Orlando Sentinel - Mar 2010
John Henken, Los Angeles Times
Julian Sykes, Le Temps, Geneva
American conductor Wilson Hermanto has an international profile, bringing musicality and flair to the projects and performances he conducts. Highlights of his 2014/2015 season include Richard Strauss celebration concerts with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie in Saarbrücken, broadcast on both radio and television; his debut with the Orchestre national de Lorraine in Metz, France to conduct works by Liszt and Bartok; return invitations to Orquesta filarmonica de Bogota and Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne. Later in 2015 he conducts Ensemble Contrechamps, the new music group; their performance in Geneva celebrates the 90th anniversary year of Pierre Boulez.
Wilson Hermanto has a particularly strong profile in France where he has also worked with Orchestre national de Lyon (his 2012 debut included the rarely performed original 1921 version of Edgard Varèse Amériques leading to a re-invitation for an all Wagner programme during the 200th anniversary year), Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre national d'Ile de France, Orchestre de chambre de Paris (both on tour in Japan and a series of concerts in Paris), Orchestre de Bretagne, Orchestre symphonique de Nancy as well as at Festival de la Grange de Meslay.
Other recent engagements have included performances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra for critically acclaimed Ravel Daphnis et Chloé (complete), Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Symphony Silicon Valley in San Jose, California, the English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre de chambre de Genève, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra with the pianist Lang Lang, Orquesta filarmonica de Bogota, Orquesta filarmonica de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Verdi Requiem with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.
Mr. Hermanto, with the eminent Mahlerian musicologist Prof. Henry-Louis de la Grange, celebrated mezzo Christa Ludwig, soprano Miah Persson and the Sinfonietta de Lausanne, collaborated on Mahler Projects for Suisse Romande during 2010 and 2011. Celebrating the Gustav Mahler anniversary, these culminated in performances of Mahler Symphonies 1 and 4, in addition to masterclasses and a symposium.
Wilson Hermanto has a wide opera repertoire, with performances ranging from Hansel and Gretel in Los Angeles (2000), to a successful collaboration with stage director Stephan Groegler; Offenbach Orphée aux enfers in Geneva.
Born in Jakarta, Indonesia of Chinese descent, Wilson Hermanto’s early musical training was on the piano and violin. He graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and conducting studies at the Manhattan School of Music with the late Swedish conductor Sixten Ehrling. He was one of the last pupils of Carlo Maria Giulini at Scuola Musica di Fiesole in Italy, studied conducting at the Tanglewood Music Center and also with Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival Academy. Sir Colin Davis was a close musical mentor.
With the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles, following former conductors such as André Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas, Myung-Whun Chung, Mr. Hermanto was the orchestra Music Director from 1999-2002. Notable achievements during his tenure included a first performance of Bruckner Symphony No 9 as well as several world premieres of works by talented young American composers supported by the BMI Foundation. Wilson Hermanto was then appointed to the Cleveland Orchestra as Assistant Conductor/ Staff Conductor from 2002-04, making his debut at the Blossom Festival with the orchestra in 2003. He made his opera debut conducting a production of Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel in Los Angeles in 2000.
With a strong interest in music education, Mr. Hermanto has worked with the orchestras of a number of conservatories: Geneva, Lausanne, Nuremburg and Cleveland at the Cleveland Institute of Music. During the 2014/2015 season, he was invited by the Royal College of Music, London to give a conducting masterclass for post graduate students.