Ransom Wilson’s long and varied career has seen him as an international flute virtuoso and recording artist, celebrated chamber musician, and now a busy conductor. In addition to his post as Music Director of the Redlands Symphony in California, he is Artistic Director of New York’s LE TRAIN BLEU ensemble, Music Director of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and former Music Director of Solisti New York Orchestra, Oklahoma’s famed OK MOZART International Festival, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra.
He has appeared as guest conductor with many major orchestras including the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Denver Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New Jersey Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony, the Budapest Strings, Krakow Philharmonic, London Symphony, and the Festival Quincena in Spain. Additionally, he has led a successful tour of Southern California with James Galway and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Wilson has accompanied many internationally renowned artists from the podium, including Itzhak Perlman, André Watts, Frederica von Stade, Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg, Joshua Bell, Garrick Ohlsson, Jeffrey Kahane, and Hilary Hahn. An esteemed operatic conductor, Wilson led a highly acclaimed production of the American stage premiere of Mozart’s Il Re Pastore, with the Glimmerglass Opera.
He also conducted the first professional production of composer Amy Beach’s only opera Cabildo, on the “Great Performers at Lincoln Center” series. The production was recorded and released on CD by Delos International. More recently, he has twice appeared as conductor for productions of Handel operas at the New York City Opera and spent 10 years as a member of the conducting staff at the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Wilson’s highly successful recording career, which has included three Grammy Award nominations, began in 1973 when he made a recording with Jean-Pierre Rampal and I Solisti Veneti. As a conductor, he has made a best-selling recording of music by John Adams and Steve Reich with Solisti New York and a disc of Baroque music with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
He also recorded Stravinsky L’Histoire du Soldat in a critically acclaimed performance on the Chesky label. Educated at the North Carolina School of the Arts and at the Juilliard School, Wilson pursued post-graduate studies as an Atlantique Scholar in France with Jean-Pierre Rampal. He has studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller, James Dixon, and Roger Neirenberg, and received extensive coaching from the late Leonard Bernstein. He currently lives in the Connecticut woods and is on the faculty of the Yale School of Music.