Garrett Keast

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Biography

Berlin-based conductor Garrett Keast was born in Houston and was mentored by Christoph Eschenbach at the Houston Symphony Orchestra. His studies continued 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. His European career was launched with performances of Faust at the Opéra National de Paris, Georg Friedrich Haas’s Bluthaus at Oper Bonn, and Die Zauberflöte at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Highlights of Garrett Keast’s 2016/2017 season included Le Sacre de Printemps with the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Vienna, a Haydn-Widmann program with the National Orchestra of Belgium in Brussels, and Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.

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

The 2017/2018 season sees Garrett Keast return to the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Vienna for performances that are part of the Bernstein Centennial. He will lead concerts in Basel of Haydn and Mozart with the Sinfonieorchester Camerata Schweiz and he makes his debut with the Royal Danish Opera. He also returns to the Staatsoper Hamburg for a new production of Don Quixote and performances of The Nutcracker with John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet.

In demand as a guest conductor, engagements have included the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburg Symphoniker, Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, Bach Collegium München, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester, the Istanbul State Symphony, and major orchestras in Brazil and Chile.

He has conducted opera and ballet productions with the Opéra National de Paris (Faust & Swan Lake), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Die Zauberflöte), Theater Bremen (Rigoletto), Oper Bonn (Bluthaus), Aspen Music Festival (La Bohème), Hamburg Ballet (Mahler’s 10th Symphony, Midsummernight’s Dream, The Nutcracker, Othello, Shakespeare Dances & Tatjana), 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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COSI FAN TUTTE
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DON GIOVANNI
IDOMENEO
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
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.