Conductor

Wilson Hermanto


Praised for his deep musicianship, natural authority and exuberating elegance on the podium, the Indonesian-American conductor Wilson Hermanto made a sensation with his Mozart cycle performances at the Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg during the 2015/16 season. Other recent notable highlights include a televised Richard Strauss program with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken celebrating the composer 150th anniversary and performances with various major French orchestras such as Orchestre national de Lyon, Orchestre philharmonique de radio France, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse and Orchestre de chambre de Paris. As a former Boulez protégé, Mr. Hermanto also recently conducted the new music group Ensemble Contrechamps at Pierre Boulez's 90th anniversary celebration concert in Geneva.

Wilson Hermanto debuts with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra

22 Jan 2016

Wilson Hermanto will make his conducting debut at the famed Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg with a Mozart cycle by invitation of their legendary Artistic and General Director Valery Gergiev...

Wilson Hermanto debuts with Ensemble Contrechamps

05 Nov 2015

Wilson Hermanto will make his debut with Ensemble Contrechamps on 17 November at Salle de l’Alhambra.   The Geneva based contemporary ensemble will see Wilson conduct  a unique...

Wilson Hermanto returns to the Orquesta Filarmónica Bogotá

09 Jul 2015

Conductor Wilson Hermanto returns to the Orquesta Filarmónica Bogotá on July 11, 2015 to conduct both the Orchestra and...

Wilson Hermanto returns to South America

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. 

The programme...

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 in December 2014, were...

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...

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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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Praised for his deep musicianship, natural authority and exuberating elegance as conductor, Wilson Hermanto has built up a prolific international career. This is evident in his current 2015/16 season which includes a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, as well as a series of symphonic concerts with the Mariinsky Orchestra by invitation of the Artistic and General Director, Valery Gergiev. As a former Boulez protégé, Mr. Hermanto also recently conducted the new music group Ensemble Contrechamps at Pierre Boulez's 90th anniversary celebration concert in Geneva.

Wilson Hermanto holds a particularly strong profile in France where he has appeared with Orchestre national de Lyon, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestre national de Lorraine, Orchestre national d'Île de France, Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne, Orchestre symphonique de Nancy and the Festival de la Grange de Meslay. The 2016/17 season will see Mr. Hermanto debut with Orchestre symphonique de l'opéra de Toulon.

Other recent notable highlights include performances with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Prague Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover, Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de chambre de Genève, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Silicon Valley in San José, California, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra (with Lang Lang), Orquesta filarmónica de Bogotá, Orquesta filarmónica de Jalisco in Guadalajara and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra at The Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

Celebrating Mahler’s anniversary during 2010 and 2011, Wilson Hermanto collaborated with world-renowned Mahlerian musicologist Prof. Henry-Louis de la Grange, Christa Ludwig and Sinfonietta de Lausanne, curating Mahler projects for Suisse Romande. This culminated in Mr. Hermanto conducting Mahler’s Symphonies No.1 & 4 and the Orchestral Songs, in addition to masterclasses and a symposium.

Also active in opera, Wilson conducted a very successful production of Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers in Geneva in collaboration with stage director Stephan Grougler. He made his opera debut in a production of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel in Los Angeles in 2000.

Born in Jakarta, the Indonesian-American Wilson Hermanto obtained a conducting degree at the Manhattan School of Music with the late Swedish maestro Sixten Ehrling, after graduating from the Peabody Conservatory of Music with a major in violin. His early conducting career saw him establish and lead the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra in New York (1996-2002). As one of the last pupils of Carlo Maria Giulini (at Scuola Musica di Fiesola in Italy), Wilson holds conducting fellowships at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Centre and the Lucerne Festival Academy - where he studied closely with Pierre Boulez. Sir Colin Davis also became a close personal mentor, all of which paved the way for Mr. Hermanto becoming Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in LA (1999 – 2002) and Assistant/Staff Conductor to Franz Welser-Möst at the Cleveland Orchestra (2002 – 2004), with whom he made his debut at the 2003 Blossom Music Festival in Ohio.

March 2016