As a soloist, recent seasons' engagements have included concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia; the Cincinnati Pops at Blossom; the Detroit Symphony; the Puerto Rico Symphony; England's Hallé Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, among others.
Ransom Wilson is equally esteemed as an outstanding conductor of orchestral and operatic repertoire. He has conducted two productions at the New York City Opera, and is currently an Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. Most recently, he conducted a recording with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Wilson’s highly successful recording career, which has included three Grammy Award nominations, began in 1973 with Jean-Pierre Rampal and I Solisti Veneti. More than 15 solo recordings have followed on the Angel/EMI, RCA, Image, and Orion and Musical Heritage Society labels. As conductor, his recordings include a CD of works by John Adams and Steve Reich with Solisti New York and an album of selected Baroque pieces with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. A recording on the CRI label features Mr. Wilson conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's in the music of Aaron Jay Kernis, and he can be heard leading a critically acclaimed performance of Stravinsky L'Histoire du Soldat on the Chesky label. Very recently released are two significant recordings of new music: My Twentieth Century by Martin Bresnick (CRI Records) and Modern Primitive by Randall Woolf (Image Recordings). Most recently, he conducted the London Symphony in a recording of music by Michael Colina.
Ransom Wilson is the recipient of several illustrious honors. In 2003 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Alabama, where he also gave the keynote address at the university’s commencement ceremonies. In 1988 the New York Times Foundation awarded him the first Alabama Prize, which is awarded to natives or residents of that state who have distinguished themselves in the performing or visual arts. The following year he shared with pianist Christopher O’Riley a National Public Radio award for best performance by a small ensemble on a national broadcast. The Austrian government honored him with their prestigious Award of Merit in Gold, in recognition of his efforts on behalf of Mozart's music in America.
A strong advocate of contemporary music, Wilson has commissioned new works by Steve Reich, Peter Schickele, Joseph Schwantner, John Harbison, George Tsontakis, Randall Woolf, Jean-Michel Damase, Jean Francaix and Carlos Surinach and his future plans include projects with Martin Bresnick, Richard Danielpour, and recent Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis. A gifted arranger, Mr. Wilson has transcribed much of the music for his Angel/EMI recordings. He has also conducted his own orchestrations of three of Ravel's Five Greek Songs, which were left unorchestrated by the composer, at Carnegie Hall with Frederica von Stade.
Educated at the North Carolina School of the Arts and at the Juilliard School, Mr. Wilson pursued post-graduate studies as an Atlantique Scholar in France with Jean-Pierre Rampal. He has studied conducting with Roger Neirenberg, James Dixon, Otto Werner Mueller and received extensive coaching from the late Leonard Bernstein.
Ransom is an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, Artistic Director of LE TRAIN BLEU, and Professor of Flute at the Yale School of Music.