Music Director & Conductor
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 & Conductor of the Redlands Symphony, he is Artistic Director of New York’s Le Train Bleu ensemble and Music Director of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Maestro Wilson was also the Music Director of the Solisti New York Orchestra, the 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 Krakow Philharmonic, and the London Symphony. Ransom Wilson led a successful tour of Southern California with James Galway and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and he has accompanied dozens of internationally-renowned artists from the podium, including Itzhak Perlman, André Watts, Frederica von Stade, Joshua Bell, and Hilary Hahn. He has also gained a reputation as an opera conductor, serving on the conducting staff at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and conducting for Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, and the International Opera Center in Amsterdam.
More than merely gaining a conductor, the Redlands Symphony has gained a musician who is recognized worldwide as one of the finest flutists of our time. Wilson has appeared as flute soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony. He has released 27 albums as a flute soloist and 11 as a conductor, winning three Grammy nominations along the way. His newly-released recording, on the Nimbus Records label, is Four French Flute Concertos, with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Wilson was recently appointed the Camilla Huxford Endowed Chair in Orchestral Studies at the University of Alabama. Previously, he taught at Yale University, he taught master classes at the Paris Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Jerusalem Music Academy, and at eight music schools in Taiwan. He also conducted and performed at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, the Marseille Conservatory in France, Carnegie Hall in New York, with Camerata Pacifica all over Southern California, at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a series of recitals in Israel, and recording sessions in Wales, UK with celebrated pianist François Dumont.
Maestro Wilson was officially announced as the Redlands Symphony’s new Music Director and Conductor on June 4, 2016.