The American conductor Wilson Hermanto has a number of successful debuts to his credit, most recently with Orchestre national de Lyon in May 2012 in a program that included the rarely performed original version of Edgard Varèse Amériques. Other recent engagements have included performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra for critically praised Ravel complete Daphnis et Chloe, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (formerly known as Ensemble Orchestral de Paris) for a tour in Japan and immediate reinvitation for concerts in Paris, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in collaboration with the pianist Lang Lang.
In 2012-13 season Mr. Hermanto returns to Orchestre national de Lyon for an all Wagner program as well as making his debuts with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota.
Last season 2011-12, in collaboration with stage director Stephan Groegler, Mr. Hermanto conducted a successful production of Offenbach Orphée aux enfers in Geneva. This was followed by series of concerts with Orchestre de Bretagne and Orchestre National d’Ile de France. Other highlight was performances of Mahler Symphony Nos. 1 and 4 during the Mahler Projects in Suisse Romande under the patronage of the eminent Mahlerian Prof. Henry-Louis de la Grange.
In recent seasons Wilson Hermanto has worked with the NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, English Chamber Orchestra (conducting the orchestra in a series of concerts at the Festival La Grange de Meslay in France and also recording a CD album of Tomasi Trumpet Concerto), Orchestre National de l’Opera de Lorraine, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, the Florida Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra (Verdi Requiem at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory), Brandenburg State Orchestra and Sinfonietta de Lausanne.
Born in Jakarta, Indonesia of Chinese descent, Wilson Hermanto began his musical training as a violinist, obtaining his performance degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and afterwards continuing with conducting studies at the Manhattan School of Music with the late Swedish conductor Sixten Ehrling. He was one of the last pupils of Carlo Maria Giulini at the Scuola Musica di Fiesole in Italy. Mr. Hermanto also studied conducting at the Tanglewood Music Center and with Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival Academy. Sir Colin Davis was his musical mentor for many years. Early in his conducting years Wilson Hermanto founded the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra in New York which he led from 1996-2002. Mr. Hermanto served as the Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles from 1999-2002. Thereafter he went to the Cleveland Orchestra as Assistant Conductor to Franz Welser-Moest from 2002-04, making his debut at the Blossom Festival with the orchestra in 2003. He made his opera debut conducting a production of Humperdinck Haensel und Gretel in Los Angeles in 2000.