The internationally-renowned artist took the podium for his first concert as the leader of the orchestra on October 8, 2016.
Months of rumor and speculation were brought to an end on Saturday, June 4, 2016, when the Redlands Symphony announced the appointment of Ransom Wilson as its new Music Director & Conductor. The selection of the charismatic and respected musician was met with thunderous applause at the Symphony’s annual Gala.
“I am so excited to join you as the new Music Director of the Redlands Symphony,” said Wilson. “I have been impressed and deeply moved by this community: a city full of people who care about each other, give freely of themselves, and take pride in their beautiful place. The Redlands Symphony has had a long and successful life in the loving hands of Maestro Jon Robertson, and it is a great honor for me to accept the baton from him.”
Dave Maupin, chair of the Symphony Board of Directors, was unrestrained in his enthusiasm. “We could not be happier to welcome Ransom to Redlands. We are absolutely confident that he will elevate our wonderful orchestra to even greater heights as he takes the podium and shapes our artistic programming for years to come.”
Ransom Wilson’s long and varied career has seen him as an international flute virtuoso and recording artist, celebrated chamber musicians, and now a busy conductor. In addition to his new post as Music Director & Conductor of the Redlands Symphony, 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, 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 also 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 22 albums as a flute soloist and 11 as a conductor, winning three Grammy nominations along the way.
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