Garrett Keast

Biography

Berlin-based American conductor Garrett Keast’s career was launched in 2012 with performances of Faust at the Opéra National de Paris, Bluthaus by Georg Friedrich Haas at Oper Bonn, and Die Zauberflöte at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Concert debuts followed with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, the Belgian National Orchestra among others, and today Garrett Keast enjoys a highly successful conducting career throughout Europe. He was born in Houston, Texas and was mentored by Christoph Eschenbach at the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

A talented leader, Garrett Keast is invited to the most prestigious orchestras. Engagements have included, among others, the Tonkünstler Orchester Vienna, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, SWR Symphonie Orchester Stuttgart, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Bamberger Symphoniker, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Atlanta Symphony, Royal Danish Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra (Carl Nielsen Violin Competition), Prague Philharmonia, Finnish National Opera Orchestra, the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Aspen and Pacific Music Festivals.

Highlights of his 2019/2020 season include debuts with the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principal de Asturias, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta de Lausanne, Tonali Orchestra, as well as returns to the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, and the Hamburg Ballet.

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

The young conductor studied conducting at the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals and was awarded the Bruno Walter Career Development Grant during his tenure as Associate Conductor of the New York City Opera. Garrett Keast has held positions as assistant conductor at the Opéra National de Paris, the Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and has often served as Christoph Eschenbach’s musical assistant for orchestra tours and opera productions.

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Repertoire

Opera Repertoire - Symphonic repertoire available upon request

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/Wagner

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
1. Garrett Keast - A Portrait by Kiran West (2018) // 2. Britten, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, NDR Jugendsinfonieorchester // 3. Release the Keast - The story of our Elbphilharmonie concerts // 4. Bernstein, Candide Overture, NDR Jugendsinfonieorchester.
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