Garrett Keast conducts “A dazzling Cosi fan tutte at the Fort Worth Opera Festival”

“Smartly led by Garrett Keast, members of the Fort Worth Symphony match the singers’ expressive range and dramatic specificity; some of the quieter wind playing is exquisite. […] Keast deserves much credit for the amazing tautness of the vocal ensembles.”

Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News, April 2014

Berlin-based American conductor Garrett Keast has built a reputation for musical excellence with symphony orchestras and opera companies in Europe and North America. The 2014/15 season includes debuts with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, a tour of Cosi fan tutte with the combined Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester and Stuttgarter Symphoniker, and re invitations to the Opera National de Paris (Swan Lake), to the Hamburg Ballet (Othello & Tatjana), and to the Vienna State Opera to assist Christoph Eschenbach with a new production of Idomeneo. This past season he conducted the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Othello at the Hamburg Ballet, Ariadne auf Naxos at the Virginia Opera, Cosi fan tutte at the Fort Worth Opera Festival, and he assisted Eschenbach with Die Zauberflöte at the Vienna State Opera and with a concert performance of Der Rosenkavalier in Washington, DC that featured Renée Fleming.

In the 2012/13 season, Garrett conducted major programs with the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Bach Collegium München, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, the Prague Philharmonia, and the Philharmoniker Hamburg with the Hamburg Ballet. He was also re-invited as a guest conductor of the Opera National de Paris and he prepared the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin in a program of Mendelssohn and Schubert.

The 2011/12 season began at the Opera National de Paris with performances of Faust featuring Roberto Alagna. He also conducted the critically acclaimed Oper Bonn premiere of Bluthaus by Georg Friedrich Haas with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart. Keast served as Musical Assistant and Conductor of Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he conducted performances of Die Zauberflöte and prepared another eight operas for the house.

“That it was going to be a good night was evident when the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, with Garrett Keast conducting, plunged into the overture. This was sparkling, well-played music, and it set an atmosphere that was going to continue when the consistently excellent cast of singer-actors came onstage.”
Cosi fan tutte - Olin Chism, Fort Worth Star Telegram, April 2014


To begin the 2010/11 season, he assisted Christoph Eschenbach with a new production of Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler at the Opera National de Paris. He made his European concert debut with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and he made his German concert debut in the Berlin Konzerthaus with the RIAS Jugendorchester. He prepared a program of Adams, Bernstein, and Gershwin for Kristjan Jarvi with the Orchestre de Paris and he prepared Nathaniel Stookey's Mahl/er/werk with the Young Class X Project Orchestra for Christoph Eschenbach. He also assisted Eschenbach with a tour of the combined NDR Sinfonieorchester and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with Mahler’s Eighth Symphony.

Keast was named a "Conductor to Watch" by Symphony Magazine's Guide to Emerging Artists in January of 2009. He has guest conducted several American orchestras, including the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Naumburg Orchestra in New York’s Central Park, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, Boise Philharmonic and the Queens Symphony.

Summing up the Fort Worth Opera season, the Star Telegram writes of the production:
“The sense of success was also heightened by the superb playing of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under Garrett Keast’s capable leadership.”

Cosi fan tutte - Olin Chism, Fort Worth Star Telegram, May 2014

His professional conducting career began at New York City Opera where he served as associate conductor for three seasons. At The Dallas Opera, he was awarded the Bruno Walter Foundation Career Development Grant while serving as assistant conductor. He has conducted productions of Don Giovanni with New Orleans Opera, Gianni Schicchi and I Pagliacci with Mississippi Opera, Madama Butterfly and Norma with South Florida Opera, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Hänsel und Gretel, and Susannah at the Butler Opera Center of the University of Texas, as well as La Bohème, Rigoletto, Tosca, and Die Zauberflöte with PRISM Opera Showcase.

Keast studied with Christoph Eschenbach and Stephen Stein at the Houston Symphony. His conducting studies have led him to a variety of international summer festivals, including two seasons at the Aspen Music Festival, two seasons at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany, and a season each at the Opera Theatre of Lucca in Italy and the Tanglewood Music Center. He was invited by Kurt Masur to conduct the New York Philharmonic in the orchestra's annual conductor reading at the age of twenty six. He earned his bachelor of music degree at the Butler School of Music of the University of Texas at Austin, focusing on trombone, viola, choral singing, and conducting. He also studied with conductor Larry Rachleff both in Houston's Shepherd School of Music and at the Aspen Music Festival.

Garrett is committed to performing and promoting new music. He is passionate about teaching young people, building audiences for classical music, and developing stimulating programs for the modern symphony orchestra.

"Garrett Keast took over the musical direction ...
[for the Oper Bonn premiere], and he did it with bravura ."

OPERNNETZ, Michael S. Zerban, Bluthaus, Georg Friedrich Haas

Garrett Keast draws refined and concentrated playing from the SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and shapes Haas’s score with assured sensitivity.”

FINANCIAL TIMES, SHIRLEY APTHORP

2013 - 2014 SEASON

September 15, 19*, 22, 25*, & twice October 3, 2013
Hamburg Ballett w/ Philharmoniker Hamburg
Hamburg Staatsoper
Schnittke, Concerto Grosso #1
Pärt, Tabula Rasa
Anton Barachovsky, Joanna Kamenarska, Ljudmila Minnibaeva*, Violin
Richard Hoynes, Piano

October 15 - November 17, 2013
Vienna State Opera
Assistant Conductor, assisting Christoph Eschenbach
Die Zauberflöte - new production, Mosche Leiser/Patrice Caurier

December 18 - 20, 2013
MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig
Conductor for Film Music recording sessions, Tom Tykwer

February 7, 9, 11, 2014
Virginia Opera
Norfolk - Harrison Opera House
Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos
w/ Virginia Symphony Orchestra

February 14, 16, 2014
Virginia Opera
Fairfax - George Mason Univ. Performing Arts Center
Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos
w/ Virginia Symphony Orchestra

March 3 - 8, 2014
National Symphony Orchestra, Washington DC
Assistant Conductor, Christoph Eschenbach
Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier - featuring Renée Fleming

April 26, May 3, May 11, 2014
Fort Worth Opera Festival
Bass Concert Hall
Mozart, Cosi fan Tutte
w/ Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

May 24, 2014
Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto
Casa da Musica, Portugal
Debussy/Caplet, Pagodes
Roussel, Evocations Part I
Elgar, Crown of India Suite
Koechlin, The Jungle Book
The Meditation of Purun Bhagat,
La Loi de la Jungle, Les Bandar-Log

July 6, 7:30pm 2014
Hamburg Ballett w/ Philharmoniker Hamburg
Hamburg Staatsoper
Schnittke, Concerto Grosso #1
Pärt, Tabula Rasa
Anton Barachovsky, Ljudmila Minnibaeva, violin
Richard Hoynes, piano

2012 - 2013 SEASON

October 25, 26, 2012
Arhus Symphony Orchestra, Denmark
Musikhuset Aarhus
Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty Suite
Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjues
Rimsky-Korsakov, Sheherazade
Pablo Sainz Villegas, guitar

February 8, 2013
NDR Sinfonieorchester - Hamburg
Kampnagel Fabrik
Koechlin, The Jungle Book
Law of the Jungle, Les Bandar-Log
Unsuk Chin, Alice in Wonderland
Claire Booth - soprano, Susan Bickley - mezzo-soprano

February 23, 24, 2013
MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig
Leipzig Gewandhaus
Dvorák, American Suite
Weill, Four Walt Whitman Songs
Rachmaninov, Third Symphony
James Benjamin Rodgers, tenor

April 5, 2013
Hamburg Ballet w/ Philharmoniker Hamburg
Hamburg Staatsoper
Alma Mahler, Lieder
Charlotte Margiono, soprano
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 10 (complete)

April 16, 2013
Bach Collegium München
Gasteig Philharmonie
Revueltas, Homenaje a García Lorca
Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjues
Schubert, Symphony No. 8, The Great, C Major

May 17, 2013
Mittelrhein Musik Festival
Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz
Rhein-Mosel-Halle, Großer Saal
Weber, Turandot – Overture and March
Manolo Sanlúcar, Medea for Guitar and Orchestra
Schubert, Sinfonie Nr. 5 B-Dur, D 485
Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez

June 16, 8pm, 2013
Prague Philharmonia
Gasteig Philharmonie, Munich
Mozart, Die Zauberflöte Overture
Beethoven, Triple Concerto
Brahms, Symphony No. 1

June 17, 2pm, 2013
Prague Philharmonia & Prague King's Choir
Gasteig Philharmonie, Munich
Smetana, Ma Vlast
Orff, Carmina Burana


August 29, 2014
Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester / Stuttgarter Symphoniker
Festhalle Aßmannshardt, 18:00 (Vorpremiere)
Mozart, Cosi fan tutte

September 1 - October 5, 2014
Vienna State Opera
Musical Assistant to Christoph Eschenbach
Mozart, Idomeneo - new production, Kasper Holten

October 5, 2014
Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester / Stuttgarter Symphoniker
Theaterhaus Stuttgart, 19:30 (Premiere)
Mozart, Cosi fan tutte

October 27, 2014
Hamburg Ballet w/ Hamburger Symphoniker
Hamburg Staatsoper, 19:30
Othello by Neumeier: Schnittke & Pärt
Anton Barachovsky, Ljudmila Minnibaeva, violin


October 31, 2014
Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester / Stuttgarter Symphoniker
Stadthalle Biberach, 19:30
Mozart, Cosi fan tutte

November 2, 2014
Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester / Stuttgarter Symphoniker
Gasteig Munich, Carl-Orff-Saal, 19:30
Mozart, Cosi fan tutte

November 4, 2014
Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester / Stuttgarter Symphoniker
Theater Rüsselsheim, 19:30
Mozart, Cosi fan tutte

November 9, 2014
Hamburg Ballett w/ Philharmoniker Hamburg
Hamburg Staatsoper, 14:30 & 19:30
Othello by Neumeier: Schnittke & Pärt
Anton Barachovsky, Ljudmila Minnibaeva, violin


November 11, 14 & 20, 2014
Hamburg Ballett w/ Philharmoniker Hamburg
Hamburg Staatsoper, 19:30
Tatjana by Neumeier after Eugene Onegin
Music of Lera Auerbach

December 4, 2014
Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine
Auditorium, salle - Dutilleux, 20:00
Pergolesi, Stabat Mater & Stravinsky, Pulcinella complete
Hélène Le Corre, soprano, Marianne Crebassa, mezzo-soprano
Jean-Jacques l’Anthoën, tenor, Eric Martin-Bonnet, bass

December 5, 2014
Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine
Agen, 20:00
Pergolesi, Stabat Mater & Stravinsky, Pulcinella complete
Hélène Le Corre, soprano, Marianne Crebassa, mezzo-soprano
Jean-Jacques l’Anthoën, tenor, Eric Martin-Bonnet, bass

December 7, 2014
Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine
Saint Pierre du Mont, 15:00
Pergolesi, Stabat Mater & Stravinsky, Pulcinella complete
Hélène Le Corre, soprano, Marianne Crebassa, mezzo-soprano
Jean-Jacques l’Anthoën, tenor, Eric Martin-Bonnet, bass

January 5 & 12, 2015
Hamburg Ballet w/ Hamburger Symphoniker
Hamburg Staatsoper, 20:00
Othello by Neumeier: Schnittke & Pärt
Anton Barachovsky, Ljudmila Minnibaeva, violin


March 14 & 16, April 9, 2015
Opera de Paris Ballet w/ Opera de Paris Orchestra
Opera Bastille, 19:30
Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake

July 2, 2015
Hamburg Ballet w/ Philharmoniker Hamburg
Hamburg Staatsoper, 19:30
Tatjana by Neumeier after Eugene Onegin
Music by Lera Auerbach

July 11, 2015
Hamburg Ballet w/ Hamburger Symphoniker
Hamburg Staatsoper, 20:00
Othello by Neumeier: Schnittke & Pärt
Anton Barachovsky, Ljudmila Minnibaeva, violin


"This production's artistic center of gravity was conductor Garrett Keast, ... He got artistically superb, if not flawless, playing from the orchestra."

AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, Dialogues of the Carmelites

“Garrett Keast led an interpretation of ‘Sheherazade’ imbued with gravitas, fullness of sound and orchestral sweetness ... ”

JC KLASSISK, JOHN CHRISTIANSEN

Videos & Photos

Opera de Paris, Faust
(Roberto Alagna & Paul Gay)
Mais ce Dieu, que peut-il pour moi?

RIAS Jugendorchester
(Berlin Konzerthaus)
Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Andante Molto moto

“Keast gave Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 a powerful and hearty performance.”

LEIPZIGER VOLKSZEITUNG, FEBRUARY 26, 2013

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