Garrett Keast

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Biography

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Berlin-based conductor Garrett Keast, acclaimed for conducting performances “imbued with gravitas, fullness of sound and orchestral sweetness…” [John Christiansen] is increasingly in demand in concert halls and opera houses around the world. Born in Houston, Texas, he studied under Christoph Eschenbach at the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera before beginning his career as an Associate Conductor at New York City Opera. His European career began with invitations from the Opera National de Paris, the Vienna State Opera and the NDR Symphony Orchestra, where he served as Christoph Eschenbach’s assistant.

In the 2016/2017 season, Garrett Keast makes his debut at the newly opened Hamburg Elbphilharmonie with the NDR Jugendsinfonieorchester. This is followed by further debuts with the Danish National Opera, the Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra and the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra. He also returns to the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester, where he opens the season with two concerts. In the USA, Garrett Keast’s engagements include Bizet’s Carmen at the Opera San Antonio. The conductor returns to the Hamburg State Opera this season for productions of John Neumeier’s Nutcracker, Othello, and Tatjana.

During the 2015/2016 season, Garrett Keast made his debut with the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, at the Hanover State Opera, and he conducted the finale of the International Carl Nielsen Violin Competition with the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark. In the summer of 2016 he was invited to conduct Puccini’s La Bohème at the renowned Aspen Music Festival in the USA. Furthermore, Garrett Keast conducted more than 30 performances of John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet. Thus, he conducted tour performances of The Nutcracker at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Tokyo, and Shakespeare Dances at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna.

In demand as a guest conductor, engagements have included the NDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Bach Collegium München, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, and the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. He has conducted productions with the Opéra National de Paris (Faust & Swan Lake), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Die Zauberflöte), Bonn Opera (Bluthaus), Hamburg Ballet (Mahler’s 10th Symphony, Othello & Tatjana), Fort Worth Opera Festival (Cosi fan tutte), Virginia Opera (Ariadne auf Naxos) as well as a tour with the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester (Cosi fan tutte).

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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.