Conductor

Wilson Hermanto


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.

Wilson Hermanto conducts Bartok & Liszt with Orchestre national de Lorraine in Metz

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. ...

Great response for Hermanto & Deutsche Radio Philharmonie

18 Dec 2014

Wilson Hermanto’s debut with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbruecken Kaiserlautern in two concerts of Richard Strauss and Bruch were greeted with standing...

Wilson Hermanto debuts with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbruecken Kaiserlautern

10 Dec 2014

Wilson Hermanto conducts the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbruecken Kaiserlautern in two concerts  which celebrate the works of Richard Strauss: Friday...

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...

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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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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.

Wilson Hermanto has a particularly strong profile in France where he has 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.

During the Gustav Mahler anniversary (2010/2011), Mr. Hermanto together with the eminent Mahlerian musicologist Prof. Henry-Louis de la Grange, celebrated mezzo Christa Ludwig, soprano Miah Persson and the Sinfonietta de Lausanne, collaborated in Mahler Projects for Suisse Romande.  These culminated in performances of Mahler symphonies 1 and 4, in addition to masterclasses and symposium.

He also collaborated with stage director Stephan Groegler in a successful stage production of 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 Lucerne Festival Academy. Sir Colin Davis was a close musical mentor.

With the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles, following the footsteps of its former conductors such as André Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas, Myung-Whun Chung, Mr. Hermanto served as 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 the musical education of the younger generation, Mr. Hermanto has worked with the orchestras of the music conservatories in Geneva, Lausanne, Cleveland at the Cleveland Institute of Music and recently at the Royal College of Music in London where he was invited to give a conducting masterclass for post graduate students.

January 2015