Principal Guest Conductor – Cameristi della Scala
Praised for his deep musicianship, natural authority, exuberant energy and elegance as conductor, Wilson Hermanto has built up a prolific international career. Since 2017 Wilson Hermanto is Principal Guest Conductor of Cameristi della Scala.
Highlights of the 2019/20 season are performances with the Cameristi della Scala at the Enescu Festival Bucharest as well as in Italy, France, Switzerland and Hong Kong. Debuts will bring him to the Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra of Accademia del Teatro alla Scala.
Recent and future performances include the Mariinsky Orchestra, Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile, Orchestra Sinfonica Metropolitana di Bari, Orchestre national de Metz and Orchestre de Chambre de Genève.Read more
In 2018 Wilson Hermanto had the honour conducting the Centennial Anniversary concert of Leonard Bernstein in Teatro alla Scala di Milano.
At the invitation of Valery Gergiev, Wilson Hermanto made his debut conducting a full stage production of Mozart Don Giovanni at 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, Wilson Hermanto conducted Maestro Boulez’s 90th anniversary celebration in 2015 in Geneva with the Ensemble Contrechamps.
Wilson Hermanto performs with Orchestre philharmonique de radio France, Orchestre national de Lyon, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestre national d’Île de France, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken for the televised Richard Strauss program celebrating the composer’s 150th anniversary, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover, Prague Symphony Orchestra in critically acclaimed performances of Ravel complete Daphnis et Chloé, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, English Chamber Orchestra and Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
He works with soloists Lang Lang, Daniel Müller-Schott, Gautier Capuçon, Boris Berezovsky, Louis Schwizgebel, Romain Leleu, Sergey Babayan, Christine Goerke and Alina Pogostkina.
Wilson Hermanto is invited to give masterclasses at the Royal College of Music in London, Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg and 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 a conducting degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York under the tutelage of the late Swedish Maestro Sixten Ehrling. Sir Colin Davis and Carlo Maria Giulini then became his mentors. Wilson Hermanto also is a conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Centre and at the Lucerne Festival Academy working under Pierre Boulez.
Wilson Hermanto founded and conducted the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra in New York from 1996-2002. 1999-2002 he was also Music Director from the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles. 2002-2004 Wilson Hermanto served as Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst. He conducted the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival in 2003.
“Hermanto Upholds a Vibrant Conducting Tradition”
“The German Radio Philharmonic (Deutsche Radio Philharmonie) provided congenial orchestral support under the direction of Wilson. 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. 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.”
“A master of his craft“
“Ravel’s “choreographic symphony” Daphnis et Chloé demands considerable finesse at the podium. 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.”
“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.”