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Garrett Keast Conductor

Dynamic interpreter of American music

As a leading interpreter of his motherland's repertoire, Keast aims to build a bridge between Europe and America, constantly developing new and inspiring programs.

He has made an international name for himself with fascinating listening experiences in both the concert hall and the opera. The Berlin-based conductor has been praised for his broad repertoire, which he mainly presents with the Berlin Academy of American Music, with works "that leave the public wanting more" (Basler Zeitung).

In recent seasons, Keast has conducted special programs with American repertoire, including a Broadway concert at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, a Bernstein Gala with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, performances of Bernstein's Mass in Dresden's Frauenkirche, and performances of works by Adams, Bernstein, Copland , Gershwin and Glass with the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and the Tonkünstler Orchester Wien, as well as concerts at the Music Center in Los Angeles, at the Staatsoper Hannover and in collaboration with John Neumeier's Hamburg Ballett.

Garret Keast is the initiator and Artistic Director of the Berlin Academy of American Music, a new chamber orchestra he founded during the pandemic, made up of top Berlin musicians who have passionately set themselves the goal of bringing the best music from American and immigrants to America. 

The orchestra's first concerts highlighted 'social justice' themes with the European premiere of Anthony Davis's 'You have the Right to Remain Silent', alongside Darius Milhaud's well-known ballet music 'La Création du Monde' and Caroline Shaw's contemporary, stimulating ' Entre'acte'. Praised by Concerti Magazine for its "successful debut", the orchestra hopes to initiate a dialogue that reveals the cultural connections between Europe and America.

The orchestra's debut CD, Transatlantic, featuring soprano Chen Reiss, flautist Stathis Karapanos and violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley, was released in October 2021 on the ONYX Classics label and was awarded five stars by BBC Music Magazine.