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.
He 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 Opera National de Paris, every season he leads performances at stages such as the Theater an der Wien, Staatsoper Hamburg, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and the Finnish National Opera. As a concert artist, praised for his “elasticity in phrasing”, he recently led successful performances with orchestras such as the Tonkünstler Orchester Vienna, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Belgian National Orchestra, culminating with opening season concert performances in Hamburg’s renowned Elbphilharmonie.
In the 2020/2021 season he makes his debut with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. He conducts two subscription weeks featuring works of John Adams, Bernstein, Korngold and Stravinsky. He returns to the Finnish National Opera & Ballet in October for a new production of Jekyll & Hyde featuring the Polish composers Penderecki, Kilar and Gorecki. The new year includes a tour of Vienna, Berlin, Cologne and Lucerne with the TONALi Orchestra’s Beethoven BeEnigma project. Keast conducts the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring Poulenc’s Gloria and Stravinsky’s Firebird and the season rounds out with Berlin performances of Bernstein’s Songfest as well as Hänsel und Gretelwith the Berlin Opera Festival.
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).
Garrett 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.