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 Garrett Keast is increasingly in demand for his energetic, passionate, and inspired conducting in concert halls and opera houses around the world. He has been featured as guest conductor of the Opera National de Paris, NDR Radio Symphony Orchestra, MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Oper Bonn, and the Hamburg Ballet. He is focused on expanding audiences for classical music and developing stimulating programs for the modern symphony orchestra.

The 2014 - 2015 season features performances with the Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine, the Opera National de Paris (Swan Lake), the Hamburg Ballet (Othello & Tatjana), the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, and a tour of Cosi fan tutte with the combined Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester and Stuttgarter Symphoniker. He also returns to the Vienna State Opera for a new production of Idomeneo as musical assistant to his mentor Christoph Eschenbach.

Most recently, Keast has appeared with such distinguished European orchestras as the Bach Collegium München, Prague Philharmonia, NDR Radio Symphony Orchestra, MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra, North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, and the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música.

“Under the baton of Garrett Keast, the members of the [Hamburg] Philharmonic, ... played the complex, dance-inflected music by Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt and others, swinging in all its facets, intensely and atmospherically.”
Hamburger Abendblatt, September 2013


In 2011, Garrett Keast made a memorable debut with the Opera National de Paris, leading a new production of Gounod’s Faust. He also conducted the critically acclaimed Oper Bonn premiere of Bluthaus by Georg Friedrich Haas with the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra. As Musical Assistant at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, he conducted performances of Die Zauberflöte and prepared eight other productions for the company.

Keast has been a frequent guest conductor in the United States, appearing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Fort Worth Opera Festival, and the New Orleans Opera.

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

He began his career as Associate Conductor of New York City Opera. In 2009, Symphony Magazine named him a “Conductor to Watch” in their Guide to Emerging Artists and he was awarded the Bruno Walter Foundation Career Development Grant while assistant conductor of the Dallas Opera. At twenty-six he was invited by Kurt Masur to conduct the New York Philharmonic in the orchestra’s annual conductor readings.

Garrett Keast has a strong musical partnership with the renowned Christoph Eschenbach which began at the Houston Symphony. He has assisted Eschenbach on numerous productions at the Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera, the Stuttgarter Symphoniker, and with a tour of the combined NDR Symphony Orchestra and Czech Philharmonic.

"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

Oct. 8 - 10, 2014
Stuttgarter Symphoniker
Preparing for Christoph Eschenbach
Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5
Christopher Park, piano

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/ Hamburger Symphoniker
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

May 29, 30 2015
Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile
W. Piston, Suite Incredible Flutist
E. Carter, Flute Concerto
Ravel, Ma mer l'oye
Ravel, Valses nobile et sentimental

June 5, 6 2015
Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile
Liszt, Symphonic poem Orpheus
Berlioz, La mort de Cleopatre
Faure, Pelleas et Melisande
Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet

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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