Garrett Keast

Biography

American conductor Garrett Keast’s career was launched with performances of Faust at the Opéra National de Paris, the acclaimed production of Bluthaus by Georg Friedrich Haas at Oper Bonn, and Die Zauberflöte at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Very active as a concert artist, in the last season he conducted Stravinsky's Le Sacre de Printemps with the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Vienna, a Haydn - Jörg Widmann program with the Belgian National Orchestra in Brussels, and Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. He was born in Houston and was mentored by Christoph Eschenbach at the Houston Symphony Orchestra. The young conductor improved at the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals and he was awarded the Bruno Walter Career Development Grant during his tenure as Associate Conductor of the New York City Opera.

In the 2018/2019 season Garrett Keast leads over sixty performances across Europe and North America. He celebrates the arrival of 2019 in France, conducting the New Years concerts of the Orchestre National de Lorraine. He returns to the Tonkünstler Orchestra for performances of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet as well as the Istanbul State Symphony where he had a rousing success with Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. Continuing the celebrations of the Leonard Bernstein centennial, he conducts Hamburg Ballet’s Bernstein Dances at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and Staatsoper Hamburg. Violinists Vadim Gluzman and Liza Fershtmann will join him for performances of Bernstein's Serenade. In Helsinki he debuts at the Finnish National Opera with John Neumeier’s production of Delibes Sylvia. He returns to the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen and will lead a tour of Denmark with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and Royal Danish Ballet. Additionally he conducts the SWR Symphonieorchester, and leads performances of Don Quixote at the Staatsoper Hamburg as well as The Nutcracker in both Atlanta and Hamburg.

Garrett Keast has conducted performances at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, the Gasteig in Munich, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Theater an der Wien, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Bastille in Paris and the Aspen Music Festival. He continues a close relationship with the Staatsoper Hamburg where he has conducted over ninety performances with John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet, including tour performances in Baden-Baden, Tokyo and Vienna.

In demand as a guest conductor, engagements have included the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Oregon Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Royal Danish Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra (Carl Nielsen Violin Competition), Prague Philharmonia, North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Bach Collegium München, Camerata Schweiz, the Istanbul State Symphony, and major orchestras in Brazil, Chile and Mexico.

Garrett Keast has conducted opera and ballet productions with the Opéra National de Paris (Faust & Swan Lake), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Die Zauberflöte), Aspen Music Festival (La Bohème), Theater Erfurt (Der Fliegender Holländer), Theater Bremen (Rigoletto), Oper Bonn (Bluthaus), Hamburg Ballet (Mahler’s 10th Symphony, Midsummernight’s Dream, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Othello, Shakespeare Dances & Tatjana), Royal Danish Ballet (Gala, Ballet de Luxe), Staatsoper Hannover (Three is a Party), Opera San Antonio (Carmen), Fort Worth Opera Festival (Così fan tutte), New Orleans Opera (Don Giovanni), Virginia Opera (Ariadne auf Naxos) as well as a tour of Germany with the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester (Così fan tutte).

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Repertoire

John Adams

NIXON IN CHINA

Vincenzo Bellini

NORMA

Alban Berg

LULU

Leonard Bernstein

CANDIDE

Georges Bizet

CARMEN

Benjamin Britten

BILLY BUDD
PETER GRIMES

Unsuk Chin

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Gaetano Donizetti

D'ELISIR D'AMORE

Carlisle Floyd

SUSANNAH

Charles Gounod

FAUST

Georg Friedrich Haas

BLUTHAUS

Georg Friedrich Händel

JULIUS CAESAR
RODELINDA
SEMELE

Paul Hindemith

MATHIS DER MALER

Engelbert Humperdinck

HÄNSEL UND GRETEL

Leoš Janácek

JENUFA

Ruggiero Leoncavallo

I PAGLIACCI

Pietro Mascagni

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

COSI FAN TUTTE
DON GIOVANNI
IDOMENEO
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE KV 620
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

Jacques Offenbach

HOFFMANNS ERZÄHLUNGEN

Francis Poulenc

DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES

Giacomo Puccini

TOSCA
GIANNI SCHICCHI
MADAMA BUTTERFLY
LA BOHÈME

Gioacchino Rossini

TANCREDI

Camille Saint-Saëns

SAMSON ET DALILA

Richard Strauss

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
DER ROSENKAVALIER

Igor Stravinsky

THE RAKE'S PROGRESS

Franz von Suppé

BOCCACCIO

Giuseppe Verdi

AIDA
FALSTAFF
LA TRAVIATA
OTHELLO
RIGOLETTO

Richard Wagner

DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN
DIE MEISTERSINGER
DIE WALKÜRE
LOHENGRIN
TRISTAN UND ISOLDE
Review
Mannheimer Morgen (Eckhart Britsch)
Wed, 2016-09-21
"Conductor Garrett Keast lends this composition from the New World, performed in the presence of its composer at the Rittersaal of the Mannheim Castle, purposeful drive, emphasizing the figurative and illustrative moments full of intensity and contrasts. On the whole, Keast seems to strive for dynamic accents…"
Full Orchestral Sound
Die Rheinpfalz (Gabor Halasz)
Wed, 2016-09-21
"The Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester opened its subscription cycle at the Mannheim Schloss with joyful playing and verve. The American conductor Garrett Keast, who lives in Berlin, conducted […]. With expansive conducting gestures, Keast emphasized […] stringent movement and accentuated, intense musical diction, while focusing on an rich, sonorous orchestral sound."
Wiener Zeitung
Tue, 2016-05-10
Die Szenen sind komprimiert, doch schlüssig, die Darsteller performen - wie allgemein beim Hamburg Ballett nicht anders zu erwarten - auf höchstem Niveau. […] Pure Dramatik vermittelt das Wiener Kammerorchester unter der Leitung von Garrett Keast.
Die Presse
Tue, 2016-05-10
Neumeier schickt diese Shakespear'schen Schicksale zur Musik von Mozart, Vivaldi und Michael Tippett auf die Bühne (das Wiener Kammerorchester unter Garrett Keast spielt engagiert und feinfühlig) […] Fulminant.
Kurier
Tue, 2016-05-10
„Shakespeare Dances“ hat geradezu Modellcharakter, wenn es um die Zusammenstellung eines Abends aus mehreren Stücken geht, in diesem Fall Ausschnitten aus drei Balletten Neumeiers. […] Das Wiener Kammerorchester unter der Leitung Garrett Keasts sorgt für eine musikalisch stilistische Vielfalt.
Fabiuskulturshockblog, Fabian Stallknecht
Tue, 2014-10-07
“In keeping with the concept and the cast of singers, conductor Garrett Keast also cultivates a modern Mozart style, emphasizing agogics and transparency. The orchestra, made up of musicians of the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester from Mannheim and the Stuttgarter Symphoniker, follows him with a warm and flexible sound and is invariably an attentive partner for the singers.” Cosi fan tutte, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, 07.10.2014
Garrett Keast conducts “A dazzling Cosi fan tutte at the Fort Worth Opera Festival”
The Dallas Morning News
Thu, 2014-02-27
Under the baton of Garrett Keast, the Fort Worth Opera Festival presented “the operatic experience of the year” with its production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. The review continues: “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.”
Hamburger Abendblatt
Tue, 2013-09-17
“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.”
Leipziger Volkszeitung
Tue, 2013-02-26
“Keast gave Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 a powerful and hearty performance.” "... a balanced string sound, beautiful and sonorous orchestral solos …” MDR Sinfonieorchester, Leipzig Gewandhaus
Bleatmag
“An almost perfect orchestra under the young conductor Garrett Keast.” Faust, Opera National de Paris, October 2011
Financial Times
"Garrett Keast draws refined and concentrated playing from the SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and shapes Haas’s score with assured sensitivity.” Shirley Apthorp Bluthaus, Georg Friedrich Haas, Oper Bonn, September 2011
Press Service

Photo: Marco Borggreve

Photo: Marco Borggreve

Photo: Marco Borggreve

Photo: Marco Borggreve

Photo: Marco Borggreve

Media
VIDEO 1: Odense Symphony Orchestra, Nielsen, Prelude to Act 2, Saul and David. Carl Nielsen Competition 2016. VIDEO 2: Performance from Tokyo's Bunka Kaikan, March 2016. Hamburg Ballet Tour, Midsummer Night's Dream, ​Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt. VIDEO 4: "Mais ce Dieu, que peut-il pour moi?" Roberto Alagna as Faust, Paul Gay as Mephistopheles, Opera de Paris - Bastille, 2011. SOUND 1-4: NDR Jugendsinfonieorchester, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, op. 36, f minor, movements 1-4. Elbphilharmonie, 2017.