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Wilson Hermanto  conductor


Praised for his deep musicianship, natural authority, exuberant energy and elegance, Wilson Hermanto has built up a prolific international career. Since 2017 he is the Principal Guest Conductor of the chamber orchestra Cameristi della Scala. This season they performed together in George Enescu Festival in Bucharest and for the 2nd following year in the Festival de Tannay in Switzerland.

Highlights of this season: Johann Sebastian Bach St. Matthew Passion in Milan and abroad with Cameristi della Scala in La Rochelle, Lausanne, Vevey and Hong Kong. Mr. Hermanto will debut with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of Accademia del Teatro alla Scala and will return to the Orchestre National de Metz (Lorraine) in France.

Last season Mr. Hermanto conducted the Cameristi della Scala in France, Germany and for the 2nd consecutive year in Teatro alla Scala. As guest conductor Mr. Hermanto was reinvited to the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra and made his debuts conducting Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile and Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari in Italy.

In 2017-18 season with Cameristi della Scala, Wilson Hermanto conducted in Meisterinterpreten Series in Tonhalle Zürich, in Izmir International Music Festival in Turkey, in Italy (Sirmione) and Switzerland (Variations Musicales de Tannay music festival).

That season Mr. Hermanto had the honour conducting the Centennial Anniversary concert of Leonard Bernstein in Teatro alla Scala di Milano. His sensational debut with the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra conducting Schönberg Pelleas and Melisande resulted in an immediate re-invitation. With Orchestre de Chambre de Genève Mr. Hermanto returned for the third time there as guest conductor.

Invited by Valery Gergiev, Wilson Hermanto made his debut conducting in the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg Mozart's Don Giovanni and a Mozart cycle symphony concerts with the Mariinsky Orchestra. As one of the favourite pupils of the late Pierre Boulez, Mr. Hermanto conducted the Boulez's 90th anniversary celebration in Geneva with the Ensemble Contrechamps.

In the last years, Mr. Hermanto performed often in France: 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 Metz (Lorraine), Orchestre Symphonique de l'Opéra de Toulon, Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, Orchestre Symphonique de Nancy and in Festival de la Grange de Meslay.

Furthermore he conducted the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, the Prague Symphony, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover, the Ulster Orchestra (Belfast), the English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra with the pianist Lang Lang and Verdi Requiem with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

During the 150th birth and 100th death anniversaries celebration of Gustav Mahler in 2010 and 2011, Wilson Hermanto together with the late Mahlerian musicologist Henry-Louis de la Grange, the mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig and the Sinfonietta de Lausanne curated "Journée Mahler Suisse Romande" which culminated in Mr. Hermanto's performances conducting the 1st and 4th Symphonies and the Orchestral Songs. His involvement with the younger generation included working with the orchestras of the Music Conservatories in Geneva, Lausanne, Nürnberg and the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as teaching conducting masterclasses for the graduate students in the Royal College of Music in London and Hochschule für Musik in Nürnberg.

Born in Indonesia in a Chinese family and currently living in Switzerland, Wilson Hermanto began his musical training with the piano followed by the violin. He graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music majoring in violin and obtained conducting degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York under the tutelage of the late Swedish Maestro Sixten Ehrling. Sir Colin Davis became his close mentor. Mr. Hermanto was also one of the last pupils in the famous conducting class of Carlo Maria Giulini in Fiesole, a conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Centre and a conducting Fellow at the Lucerne Festival Academy working under Pierre Boulez.

Wilson Hermanto founded and led the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra in New York from 1996-2002. With the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles, following the illustrious list of former Music Directors such as André Previn, Michael Thilson Thomas and Myung-Whun Chung, Mr. Hermanto was the orchestra Music Director from 1999-2002. Thereafter from 2002-2004 Mr. Hermanto served as the Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst. He conducted the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival in 2003. Mr. Hermanto's debut as opera conductor was in a production of Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel in Los Angeles in 2000.


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.