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Wilson Hermanto  conductor


Praised for his deep musicianship, natural authority, exuberant energy and elegance, Wilson Hermanto is the Principal Guest Conductor of the chamber orchestra Cameristi della Scala since 2017. Among the upcoming exciting projects with Cameristi della Scala are concerts with the cellist Daniel Müller-Schott in Italy, Switzerland and Russia (Rostropovich Festival), with the pianist Ramin Bahrami in Austria as well as the project St. Matthew Passion of J.S. Bach. As guest conductor, Mr. Hermanto makes his debuts with the Argovia Philharmonic and the George Enescu Philharmonic. Starting 2022, Wilson Hermanto and Daniel Müller-Schott are the Co-Artistic Directors of the newly established annual music festival “Vevey Spring Classic” where eminent artists such as Janine Jansen, Nils Mönkemeyer etc are in residence.

In the recent past Wilson Hermanto performed with Cameristi della Scala at George Enescu Festival, took the orchestra to France, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, in addition to performing with them at Teatro alla Scala di Milano. Recent successful debuts as guest conductor brought Mr. Hermanto in front of the Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile, Orchestra of Accademia del Teatro alla Scala as well as re-invitiations conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestre national de Metz, Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra and Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá.

At the invitation of Valery Gergiev, Wilson Hermanto conducted a stage production of Mozart Don Giovanni at the Mariinsky Theatre. Celebrating Pierre Boulez's 90th anniversary in 2015, Mr. Hermanto conducted the new music group Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva. Wilson Hermanto performs regularly in France where he has worked with various important French orchestras such as Orchestre national de Lyon, Orchestre philharmonique de radio France, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestre national d'Île de France, Orchestre national de Bretagne etc.

Around the globe Mr. Hermanto has worked with the Cleveland Orchestra, 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, Florida Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de chambre de Genève etc.

With a large repertoire encompassing music from the Baroque period until the music of our time, Wilson Hermanto performed and worked with many renowned contemporary composers such as Zygmunt Krauze, Bruno Mantovani, Jörg Widmann, Agata Zubel, Thuridur Jónsdóttir, Helmut Lachenmann, Giovanni Sollima, Magdalena Długosz, H.K Gruber, Matteo Franceschini, Enno Poppe and Lowell Liebermann. Various soloists with whom Mr. Hermanto has worked together include Lang Lang, Gautier Capuçon, Daniel Müller-Schott, Sergei Babayan, Boris Berezovsky, Alexei Volodin, Christine Goerke, Miah Persson, Alina Pogostkina, Guy Braunstein, Nils Mönkemeyer, Kian Soltani, Richard Galliano, Radek Baborák and the Trio Wanderer.

Born in Indonesia of Chinese descent and a current Swiss resident, Wilson Hermanto graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music majoring in violin and obtained conducting degree from the Manhattan School of Music studying with the Swedish Maestro Sixten Ehrling. Sir Colin Davis became a close mentor who took personal interest in shaping Mr. Hermanto's conducting skills. Mr. Hermanto also studied conducting with Carlo Maria Giulini at Scuola Musica di Fiesole and he was a Conductor Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Centre working with Seiji Ozawa and a Conductor Fellow at the Lucerne Festival Academy under the tutelage of Pierre Boulez.



À Genève, Gautier Capuçon s’invite chez Chostakovitch

Le 20 novembre 2021 par Jacques Schmitt

Complicité et émotion pour le concert des Cameristi della Scala emmenés par un Wilson Hermanto et un Gautier Capuçon inspirés.

...Certes la réputation des Cameristi della Scala, un ensemble issu des rangs du légendaire théâtre lyrique milanais, n’est plus à faire. Ni celle de son chef principal invité depuis plusieurs années, Wilson Hermanto.

Le Concerto pour violoncelle et orchestre n° 1 de Dimitri Chostakovitch est un parfait vecteur d’émotions...

Au terme de cette émotionnante et jubilatoire interprétation, une irrépressible ovation couronne soliste,orchestre et chef.

Déjà, lors d’un concert à Tannay, en août 2018, nous avions vanté les qualités du chef, sa passion, son engagement inconditionnel envers la musique. Ici, nous l’avons retrouvé avec ce même bouillonnement intérieur mais avec une gestuelle plus retenue, comme plus concise, plus réfléchie. Ainsi, cette symphonie si souvent jouée prend des couleurs nouvelles sous son impulsion. Chez Wilson Hermanto, on note une singulière capacité de souligner le legato sous-entendu au sens strict du mot, lui permettant de relier les pupitres et les mélodies sans à-coups, comme coulerait un fleuve tranquille.

Des qualités expressives qu’on retrouve tout au long de la Symphonie n° 2 de Ludwig van Beethoven. Cette œuvre trop rarement donnée en concert prend, sous la baguette de Wilson Hermanto, un relief  rare...  Le chef, constamment à l’affût de toutes les subtilités de cette partition nous ouvre le livre de cette redécouverte d’une symphonie faussement jugée comme mineure dans l’œuvre de Beethoven. Avec la tension constante avec laquelle il nous tient en haleine, Wilson Hermanto fait aimer cette

musique au-delà de sa réputation de catalogue.

John Henken, Los Angeles Times:

"Hermanto Upholds a Vibrant Conducting Tradition"

Julian Sykes, Le Temps Genève (Geneva, Switzerland):

......a master of his craft.......

Fabian Alt, Saarbrücker Zeitung (Saarbrücken, Germany):

.......The German Radio Philharmonic (Deutsche Radio Philharmonie) provided congenial orchestral support under the direction of Wilson Hermanto.......and did so with hearty aplomb; the rest of the program could hardly have been more fun for either the conductor or the orchestra. For Richard Strauss 150th birthday, three of his symphonic highlights were offered. After presenting Don Juan's love life in glowing colours, Hermanto inspired the orchestra to play at the top of its form in a virtuosic and intense performance of Death and Transfiguration........the concert was a great experience: we heard a homogenous and saturated string sound, elegant and agile woodwinds, and a radiant brass section with primal power. And we shouldn't forget the rock-solid horns, given so much prominence by Strauss. Hermanto's emotional, musically motivated body language helped a great deal.........in the concluding Rosenkavalier Suite, all the good qualities of the conductor and the orchestra combined to form a thrilling climax, greeted enthusiastically by the audience.

Frank Kuznik, Prague Culture (Czech Republic):

.......Ravel's "choreographic symphony" (Daphnis et Chloé) is an incredibly complex work that demands a large orchestra, full mixed choir and considerable finesse at the podium. (Wilson) Hermanto responded with a display of poise and talent well beyond his years.......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. Particularly in the more boisterous dance sequences, the piece can easily run away. 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. Evidently Hermanto absorbed his lessons well in the time that he spent under the tutelage of Pierre Boulez......

Richard Scheinin, Mercury News, San Jose:

.......The concert - led in a pinch by dynamic conductor Wilson Hermanto, and featuring violinist Mayuko Kamio - should go down in this orchestra's record books. It was terrific.......After intermission Hermanto led the orchestra in a trenchant account of Dvorak's massive Symphony No. 6.......Setting expansive tempos, the conductor built and uncoiled tension across the high drama of the opening movement, with its harmonic jolts. The Adagio tapped Beethoven's pastoral sensibilities, thanks to ace playing from horns and winds, whose sound was pure solace. The Scherzo - fired by a Bohemian folk dance, the Furiant - was delivered with a punch. The Finale was thick with buzzing crosscurrents, muscular and heroic.......This very international musician (Hermanto), 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.