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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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ,...
27 Sep 2011
Following exciting performances in Geneva of Orpheus in the Underworld on September 15/16, Wilson Hermanto now...
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
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.
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 Mahler/Mozart 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. Featured in a long television interview, excerpts can be seen on the websites below.
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.