Keri-Lynn Wilson

Conductor

Biography

“The tall, blond, ponytail wizard with a baton.” -The Guardian, Fiona Maddocks Maestro Keri-Lynn Wilson’s international conducting career spans over twenty years, leading some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras – such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks – and operas at the world’s top opera houses, including the Royal […]

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Judith Neuhoff
Managing Director

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Francesca Condeluci
Associate Director, North America

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Klara Maria Taube
Artist Manager

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Simone Samuel
Managerial Assistant

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Full Biography

“The tall, blond, ponytail wizard with a baton.”

-The Guardian, Fiona Maddocks

Maestro Keri-Lynn Wilson’s international conducting career spans over twenty years, leading some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras – such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks – and operas at the world’s top opera houses, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Wiener Staatsoper. Ms. Wilson’s work has been praised as “vividly shaped and nuanced” by The New York Times, and “elegantly incisive” by The Telegraph. Ms. Wilson received a nomination for conductor of the year from the Opus Klassik 2020 awards for her recording of Rossini’s Sigismondo with the Bayerische Rundfunk.

Highlights of Ms. Wilson’s 2023-24 season include her house debut at Opéra national de Paris, conducting Cendrillon, a return to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden to conduct La bohème, and Janáček’s Jenůfa with the English National Opera. She will also be conducting the Sinfonieorchester of Theater St. Gallen, the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin, and the Orchestre national Bordeaux Aquitaine. In July Ms. Wilson and the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra will tour Europe and the United States.

Keri-Lynn Wilson is the founder and Music Director of the highly regarded Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra, which has toured major cities and festivals of Europe and the United States over the past two summers. It was formed in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As a staunch supporter of Ukrainian liberty, Ms. Wilson performed the Verdi Requiem at the Lviv Opera House last February to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the invasion. She returns to Lviv this December to perform the Beethoven Ninth Symphony with a new performance version of the “Ode to Joy” in Ukrainian that she created for the most recent tour of the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra.

Recent operatic career highlights include Carmen and La Traviata at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and La Traviata at the Wiener Staatsoper, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and La Traviata at the Opernhaus Zürich, Don Carlo, Iolanta, Manon Lescaut, Tosca and La Traviata at the Bolshoi Theatre, La Fanciulla del West and Aïda at the English National Opera, Rusalka at the Czech National Opera, Rigoletto at the Norwegian National Opera, Der fliegende Holländer, Eugene Onegin, Boris Godunov, and Carmen at the Polish National Opera, and Faust at the Washington National Opera. She was the first female conductor to lead an opera at: the Arena di Verona, where she conducted Tosca and Madama Butterfly; the New National Theatre (NNT) Tokyo, where she led Madama Butterfly; and the Opera di Roma, where she conducted Aïda.

On the concert stage, Maestro Wilson has led the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Wiener Kammerorchester, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Prague Philharmonic, the RAI Symphony Orchestra, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony the Orchestre national d’Ile de France, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Toronto Symphony, and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal among others.

Of partial Ukrainian descent, Ms. Wilson was raised in Winnipeg, Canada, home of North America’s most concentrated Ukrainian population, where she studied flute, piano, and violin from an early age. While still a student at Juilliard, she assisted Claudio Abbado at the Salzburg Festival, and won a fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center. Upon graduating from Juilliard with a masters both in flute and conducting, she was named the Associate Conductor at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

 

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Keri-Lynn Wilson: Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra Summer tour 2024

Conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson tours Europe and The United States with the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra. This year’s program presents Beethoven’s 9th symphony and Puccini’s Turandot. Beethoven’s 9th symphony is performed in Eglise Saint-Eustache Church in Paris on July 12, in Teatr Wielki in Warsaw on July 14, in Gdynia Shipyard in Poland on July 23, in Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London on July 29, in Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York on August 1 and in John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. on August 4. Turandot is performed as a part of the Baltic Opera Festival in Gdańsk and can be experienced on July 20 and 25.
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Keri-Lynn Wilson: Shostakovich 10th Symphony in Bordeaux

On May 15, Maestra Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts a program consisting of great works by Shostakovich played by Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine. The concert begins with the majestic Festive Overture followed by Shostakovich’s 10th symphony. The concert takes place in Auditorium de Bordeaux.
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Keri-Lynn Wilson, Olga Kulchynska: Rebuild Ukraine benefit Gala in Berlin

Rolando Villazón and Olga Kulchynska join the Rebuild Ukraine benefit gala under the baton of Maestra Keri-Lynn Wilson in Konzerthaus Berlin on April 19, 2024. Together with other world renowned and Ukrainian stars accompanied by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin they will perform this benefit concert under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, Dr. Ursula von der Leyen and the Mayor of Berlin, Kai Wegner.
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Calendar

20
Jul 2024
Gdańsk -  Baltic Opera Festival: Turandot with The Ukranian Freedom Orchestra
Forest Opera in Sopot
25
Jul 2024
Gdańsk -  Baltic Opera Festival: Turandot with The Ukranian Freedom Orchestra
Forest Opera in Sopot
29
Jul 2024
London -  Ukranian Freedom Orchestra: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
Saint Paul’s Cathedral
01
Aug 2024
New York -  Ukranian Freedom Orchestra: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
04
Aug 2024
Washington D.C. -  Ukranian Freedom Orchestra: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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