A charismatic figure on the concert stage, John Wilson has been repeatedly applauded for his vivid interpretations and the rich and colourful sounds that he draws from orchestras in an unusually broad range of repertoire. He was born in Gateshead and studied composition and conducting at the Royal College of Music, London, where he won all the major conducting prizes and in 2011 was made a Fellow. In 1994, he formed the John Wilson Orchestra, dedicated to performing film music of Hollywood’s golden age. Together they tour the UK every autumn and appear annually at the BBC Proms, twice in 2015, with programmes commemorating respectively Frank Sinatra and Leonard Bernstein. Their performances are broadcast regularly on radio and television.
John Wilson has developed long-term affiliations with major orchestras in the UK and Ireland; Principal Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Dublin, in 2016 he takes up his appointment as Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. During the 2015 / 16 season he continues his Vaughan Williams symphony cycle with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and gives numerous concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and BBC Philharmonic. Further afield he makes his debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He made his operatic debut in 2010 with Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore at Opera North, and with the Philharmonia Orchestra has conducted concert performances of Lehár’s Die lustige Witwe and Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. He has worked with some of the world’s finest singers, including Sir Thomas Allen, Joyce DiDonato, Simon Keenlyside, and Renée Fleming, and is soon to make his debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. John Wilson has produced a catalogue of more than forty recordings.