Conductor

Wilson Hermanto


Wilson Hermanto, the Swiss based American conductor, has had a number of successful debuts to his credit, most recently with the Symphony Silicon Valley on the West coast and with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. An impressive debut with the Orchestre national de Lyon in spring 2012, conducting an adventurous programme of Varèse, Schoenberg and Brahms/ Schoenberg was followed by a re-invitation in January 2013 to conduct an all Wagner programme. Other recent engagements have included performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme of Brahms and Tchaikovsky, the Prague Symphony Orchestra (Ravel), Orchestra of Schleswig-Holstein Festival with pianist Lang Lang on its USA tour, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris (Tokyo and Paris), the Festival Chamber Orchestra Français de la Grange de Meslay as well the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.

Wilson Hermanto makes his debut with the Jalisco Philharmonic

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...

Wilson Hermanto debuts with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

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...

Wilson Hermanto debut with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana Lugano

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...

Wilson Hermanto returns to the BBC

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...

Debuts for Wilson Hermanto and Leonard Elschenbroich with the Ulster Orchestra live on BBC Radio 3

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...

Wilson Hermanto returns to Orchestra national de Lyon to conduct Wagner on January 18, 2013

04 Jan 2013

Wilson Hermanto conducts Wagner on his return visit to Lyon on Friday January 18  à 12h30.  This follows his successful  debut with an adventurous programme of Varèse, Amériques...

Wilson Hermanto debut with the with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France on Monday 12 November

09 Nov 2012

Conducting the presitigious ‘7e Prix France Musique-Sacem de la musique de film’ at the Trianon in Paris, the performance will be broadcast live on Radio France. A new work by Bruno Coulais will...

Wilson Hermanto makes his debut with the Symphony Silicon Valley

16 Oct 2012

Wilson Hermanto, the Swiss-based American conductor makes his debut with the Symphony Silicon Valley, California on October 20 and 21 in a programme of Suppé, Lalo and Dvorak. Hermanto returns to...

Lyon Debut for Wilson Hermanto brought forward to May 10 and 12, 2012

04 May 2012

Wilson  Hermanto conducts his debut concerts with the Orchestre national de Lyon on May 10 and 12, in an adventurous programme of Varèse, Amériques; Schoenberg's A survivor from...

WILSON HERMANTO returns to France to conduct ten concert tour with Orchestre Nationale d’Île-de-France and Trio Wanderer

11 Nov 2011

WILSON HERMANTO returns to France to conduct a ten concert tour with the Orchestre Nationale d’Île-de-France and the Trio Wanderer.

His debut programme includes Schubert Symphony 8 ,...

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“The (Wagner) bicentennial is an opportunity to reaffirm and reclaim the greatness and beauty of the music of this genius …..This was the intention of the Auditorium National de Lyon, who opened the year with a Wagnerian concert, titled Bon Anniversaire, M. Wagner!, The national orchestra of Lyon - with the large orchestral forces always required by Wagner’s scores - was directed by a young Wilson Hermanto, with determination and energy. This beautiful concert also benefited from the contribution of François Castang (narrator), who further animated the performance with the reading of excerpts from Wagner's autobiography, critics and artists, who recognized the greatness of the music of German composer over the centuries, including Charles Baudelaire, fittingly. The opening work was the Preludio de Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, continuing with the song presentation par excellence of Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries and then the Tannhäuser Overture. However, the orchestra reached a pinnacle in the final work of the programme: the Prelude and Death of Isolde from Tristan and Isolde. There was an asceticism which was almost mystical and a performance that was completely transcendental in its effect. So, happy birthday Wagner, in the hope that your music will still be appreciated and respected for many years to come.”

Associazione Culturale "Persinsala" - Jan 2013

“The concert, led in a pinch by dynamic conductor Wilson Hermanto, should go down in this orchestra's record books. It was terrific. This very international musician, who has a thriving career in Europe, was impressive: galvanizing his players, constantly shaping the performances, which were vividly detailed, dynamically nuanced and rhythmically hopping. If this orchestra ever decides to hire a music director, he surely would be a candidate.”

The Mercury News, San Jose (Symphony Silicon Valley, San Jose) - Oct 2012

“…in capable hands, the music itself leaps, writhes and pirouettes across the stage. Hermanto showed that facility last night, handling the complicated orchestration, changes in mood and tone and many breaks with smooth precision. Most impressive was his control… Hermanto anchored it with a steady tempo throughout, and kept the sound in balance on both the high and low ends, capping the brass and percussion explosions, and rendering soft string and vocal passages with radiance and texture. That level of fluency with 20th-century music is uncommon even among more accomplished conductors... a display of poise and talent well beyond his years.”

Frank Kuznik, Culture Editor of The Prague Post - Jan 2011

“Hermanto and the young orchestra provided a perfect frame for Lang [Lang].”

Orlando Sentinel - Mar 2010

“Hermanto Upholds a Vibrant Conducting Tradition.”

John Henken, Los Angeles Times

“…a master of his craft…”

Julian Sykes, Le Temps, Geneva

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Wilson Hermanto, the Swiss based American conductor, has an interesting season of re-invitation and debut performances.  During 2013/2014, the BBC has reinvited him to conduct the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in an all American programme of Carpenter, Copland and William Schuman, as part of a special American Season. He also makes his debut with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in a French themed concert with works  by Ravel and Debussy and with Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.

The  2012/13 season also proved successful with debuts ranging from the BBC with the Ulster Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Symphony Silicon Valley in San Jose, California and the Orquesta Filharmonica de Bogota in Columbia. An impressive debut with the Orchestre national de Lyon in spring 2012, conducting an adventurous programme of  Varèse, Schoenberg and Brahms/ Schoenberg was followed by a reinvitation in January 2013 to conduct an all Wagner programme.

Other recent engagements have included performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Brahms and Tchaikovsky),  the Prague Symphony Orchestra (Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloe), Orchestra of Schleswig-Holstein Festival with pianist Lang Lang on a USA tour, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris (Tokyo and Paris), the Festival Chamber Orchestra Français de la Grange de Meslay as well the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, where he replaced Mikko Franck.

With a growing French profile, Wilson opened  the 2011/ 2012 season with a series of concerts in Rennes with the Orchestre de Bretagne, including works by Dvorak and Brahms.  This was followed by a ten concert French tour with the Orchestre national d´Île de France which also included a Paris concert to showcase the programme of  Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schubert as well as a world premiere Triple Concerto by Matteo Franchescini with the Trio Wanderer as soloists.  In Lausanne Wilson Hermanto conducted a prestigious Mozart/Mahler programme with soloists Pascal Moragues clarinet and soprano Miah Persson, supported by the distinguished musicologist Mr Henry-Louis de la Grange. Offenbach Orphée aux enfers with the exciting young director, Stephan Groegler, was the successful production of the Geneva Conservatoire. 

Wilson has further worked with the Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra of the NDR Hannover, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Orchestre National de l'Opera de Lorraine, Brandenburg State Orchestra, Sinfonia Cracovia and Sinfonietta de Lausanne.

In the USA, Wilson Hermanto joined the Cleveland Orchestra as Assistant Conductor, a post he held from 2002 – 2004. He conducted the orchestra on numerous occasions during his tenure and made his Blossom Festival debut with them in 2003.  Working closely with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, guest conductors, and on touring projects, he was then invited to collaborate with Christoph Eschenbach and a number of orchestras between 2004 - 2007.

Prior to his position in Cleveland, Wilson Hermanto was Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles, continuing the tradition of its past music directors such as André Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas and Myung-Whun Chung. The YMF Debut Orchestra is among the most respected and important training orchestras for young musicians in the United States and Mr. Hermanto’s appointment to lead this ensemble came as a result of his winning a national conductor search competition in 1999. In his three year tenure in Los Angeles he performed several important world premiere works by American composers as part of a collaboration between the YMF Debut Orchestra and the BMI Foundation, as well as the standard works from Classical, Romantic and 20th Century repertoire, including the Orchestra’s first performance of Bruckner Symphony No 9.

Wilson was invited by Pierre Boulez to be one of only two young conductors to participate in the Lucerne Festival Academy, working intensively with Maestro Boulez on works by contemporary composers. He  continues to have a keen and active interest in the contemporary repertoire.  

September 2014