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Wilson Hermanto

Praised for his deep musicianship, natural authority, exuberant energy and elegance as conductor, Wilson Hermanto has built up a prolific international career. Since 2017 Mr. Hermanto is the Principal Guest Conductor of the chamber orchestra Cameristi della Scala. At the start of the 2019-20 season, Wilson Hermanto performed with Cameristi della Scala in George Enescu Festival in Bucharest and for the 2nd consecutive year in Variations Musicales de Tannay music festival in Switzerland.

Further performances this season with Cameristi della Scala, Wilson Hermanto will conduct J.S. Bach St. Matthew Passion in Milan as well as concert performances outside Italy with the orchestra in France (La Rochelle), Switzerland (Lausanne and Vevey) and Hong Kong. Other highlights during the current 2019-20 season are Mr. Hermanto’s debuts conducting the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Orchestra of Accademia del Teatro alla Scala and a return invitation to conduct Orchestre national de Metz (Lorraine) in France.

Last season 2018-19 Wilson Hermanto together with Cameristi della Scala performed in France (Grenoble), Germany (Eckelshausener Musiktage) and for the 2nd consecutive year in Teatro alla Scala. As guest conductor Mr. Hermanto returned to both the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra and made his debuts conducting Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile and Orchestra Sinfonica Metropolitana di Bari in Italy.

In 2017-18 season with Cameristi della Scala, Wilson Hermanto were invited to perform in the prestigious Meisterinterpreten Series in Tonhalle Zürich as well as in Izmir International Music Festival in Turkey and further concerts 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 as a guest conductor.

At the invitation of Valery Gergiev, Wilson Hermanto made his debut conducting a full stage production of Mozart Don Giovanni in the famed Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg as well as conducting Mozart-cycle symphonic concerts with the Mariinsky Orchestra. As a former protégé of the late Pierre Boulez, Mr. Hermanto conducted Maestro Boulez’s 90th anniversary celebration in 2015 in Geneva with the new music group Ensemble Contrechamps.

Since the last few years Wilson Hermanto performs regularly in France where up to now he has worked with 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 as well as appearances in the Festival de la Grange de Meslay.

Other notable highlights were performances with orchestras such as Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken for the televised Richard Strauss program celebrating the composer’s 150th anniversary, the Prague Symphony Orchestra in critically acclaimed performances of Ravel complete Daphnis et Chloé, 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 (Guadalajara, Mexico), 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 back to back 150th birth and 100th death anniversaries celebration of Gustav Mahler in 2010 and 2011, Wilson Hermanto together with the late world-renowned Mahlerian musicologist Henry-Louis de la Grange, the legendary mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig and Sinfonietta de Lausanne curated “Journée Mahler Suisse Romande” which culminated in Mr. Hermanto’s performances conducting the 1st, 4th Symphonies and the Orchestral Songs. His passionate involvement with the younger generation included working with the orchestras of the music conservatories in Geneva and Lausanne (Switzerland), Nürnberg (Germany) and the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as being invited to teach conducting masterclasses for the graduate students in the Royal College of Music in London, Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg and giving chamber music masterclasses in Conservatorio “Claudio Monteverdi” di Cremona.

Born in Indonesia of Chinese descent and currently a Swiss resident, Wilson Hermanto began his music 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 a close mentor who took personal interest in shaping Mr. Hermanto’s conducting skills. Mr. Hermanto was also one of the last pupils in the famous conducting class of Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini at Scuola Musica di Fiesole in Italy, a conducting Fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Centre and a conducting Fellow at the Lucerne Festival Academy working under Pierre Boulez.

Early in his conducting career 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 its former Music Directors such as André Previn, Michael Tilson 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. In the field of opera Mr. Hermanto’s debut as conductor was in a production of Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel in Los Angeles in 2000.