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


Berlin-based American conductor Garrett Keast has built a reputation for musical excellence with symphony orchestras and opera companies in Europe and North America. Upcoming engagements include debuts with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música (Portugal), the Stuttgart Symphoniker, the Fort Worth Opera Festival (Cosí fan tutte) and re invitations to the Opera National de Paris with ballet (Swan Lake) and to the Hamburg Ballet (Othello). At the Vienna State Opera he recently served as musical assistant to Christoph Eschenbach for a new production of Die Zauberflöte, and returns with Eschenbach for a new Idomeneo in the 2014/15 season. In February he conducted Ariadne auf Naxos at the Virginia Opera and in March he assisted Eschenbach with a concert performance of Der Rosenkavalier featuring Renée Fleming and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC.

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.

“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, Sept. 17, 2013

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.

“The MDR Symphony Orchestra was in good shape and played the [Dvorak “American] Suite” with zest and passion; the dreamlike fourth movement appeared especially atmospheric..." MITTELDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

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

“...he clearly understood Mozart style and drew very good playing from the Philharmonic Orchestra.”


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

"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 ... ”


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

Opera de Paris, Faust
(Grand Chorus)
La Kermesse, Vin ou Bière and O sainte médaille

Opera de Paris, Faust
(Angelique Noldus)
Act II Introduction and Faites - lui mes aveux

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

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



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