Garrett Keast

Biography

Garrett Keast is gaining worldwide attention for his ability to create energetic and lively experiences both in concert halls and opera houses. Praised by the press for “leaving audiences hungry for more”, the Berlin-based conductor is recognized for his vast repertoire experience, and particularly for his exceptional focus on American repertoire. Admired for the enthusiasm and synergy he builds with musicians, Keast is considered an inspiring and invigorating leader.

With over 50 performances each season, the American conductor is invited to some of the most prestigious orchestras and halls in the world. Mentored by Christoph Eschenbach at the Houston Symphony with studies at the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals, Keast launched his career in New York City. Since his acclaimed debut at the Opéra National de Paris, every season he leads performances at venues such as the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Munich’s Gasteig, the Staatsoper Hamburg, and Germany's largest concert house, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. As a concert artist, praised for his “elasticity in phrasing”, he recently led successful performances with orchestras such as the Tonkünstler Orchester Vienna, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Belgian National Orchestra, and culminating with opening-season concert performances in Hamburg’s renowned Elbphilharmonie.

Deeply committed to bringing new works to life, in the 2020/21 season, Keast makes a return to the podium of the Elbphilharmonie to lead the world premiere of BeEnigma with the TONALi Orchestra. BeEnigma was commissioned to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th anniversary and showcases new works of six prominent composers. The celebrations with the TONALi orchestra continue on tour with concerts in Berlin, Cologne, Lucerne and Vienna. Keast continues to strengthen his European presence with debut performances at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Hänsel und Gretel with the Berlin Opera Festival, and a re-engagement at the Finnish National Opera & Ballet for the world premiere of Jekyll & Hyde featuring 20th-century masterworks by Polish composers Penderecki, Kilar, and Gorecki. With the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, he is invited to make his debut with two subscription weeks, firstly celebrating the optimism found in Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony, followed by an American-music inspired program featuring works by Barber, Copland and Stravinsky. In the US, Keast returns to the San Antonio Symphony with a program that includes Poulenc's Gloria featuring Russian soprano Lyubov Petrova and as part of the anticipated 2021 Stravinsky anniversary, he will conduct the composer’s famed Firebird.

With distinct performances leading over sixty symphony orchestras and more than twenty opera companies across four continents, the conductor’s experience on the podium showcases extraordinary range. His symphonic repertoire extends from Haydn and Brahms to Adams, Britten and Widmann. In the opera house, Keast has led masterworks of American composers such as Bernstein and Glass to contemporary and iconic pieces by Unsuk Chin, Puccini, R. Strauss and Wagner.

A talented leader, Garrett Keast is invited to the most prestigious orchestras including the Tonkünstler Orchester Vienna, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, SWR Symphonie Orchester Stuttgart, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Atlanta Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Danish Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra (Carl Nielsen Violin Competition), Prague Philharmonia, and the Istanbul State Symphony.

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), Staatsoper Hamburg / 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 American 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 accompanied Christoph Eschenbach as his musical assistant throughout international orchestra tours and opera productions.

Calendar
Finnish National Opera and Ballet
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: Kiran West

Photo: Kiran West

Photo: Kiran West

Photo: Kiran West

Photo: Kiran West

Media
1. Garrett Keast conducts Beethoven, A Film Portrait // 2. Bernstein's Songfest in Berlin, A Work for Today // 3. Bernstein, Candide Overture, NDR Jugendsinfonieorchester // 4. Release the Keast - The story of our Elbphilharmonie concerts // 5. Britten, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, NDR Jugendsinfonieorchester // 6. Garrett Keast - A Portrait by Kiran West (2018)
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