Chris Wild, conductor

Conductor & cellist Chris Wild's performances have been lauded as "insatiable" (The New York Times), resulting from his enthusiastic pursuit of musical connections. He has performed in concert halls throughout the Americas and Europe and for various broadcasts & recordings. Chris has recently led concerts, readings, and education concerts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (New York), Windsor Symphony Orchestra (Canada), Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra & Chorus, and Camerata Antonio Soler (Spain), as well as performances with Northwestern University's Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Bienen Strings, and Opera. He is conductor for the Chicago-based project Après L'Histoire, which recently performed Igor Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat at the Chicago Arts Club and Poetry Foundation, and is commissioning new works for the piece's centennial year.

This also marks the final year of Chris' studies towards a DMA in Orchestral Conducting at Northwestern University, where he studies with Victor Yampolsky and is completing a final project centering on Charles Ives' Three Places in New England.

Chris' debut cello album, Abhanden, is described by New Music Box as "a virtuosic tour-de-force for solo cello... Wild's approach to the material is soaring, lyrical, and bold... confirms that Wild is not only an exciting performer to watch, but also a wise programmer and collaborator." He performs regularly as a member of Ensemble Dal Niente, a Chicago-based contemporary music collective noted for its "bracing sonic adventures" (Chicago Tribune).

Chris began his cello studies at the age of five in British Columbia, Canada, where he would later win first place in the strings category of the Canadian Music Competition. He moved stateside to attend the University of Michigan, where he studied cello with Erling Blöndal Bengtsson and Richard Aaron and won first place in the school's Concerto Competition. His solo performances have included classical and contemporary repertoire with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Canada), Third Coast Percussion (Chicago), Experimental Sound Studio SWR (Germany), and University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra. He can be heard on the New Amsterdam, New Focus, New World, Navona, Naxos, and Carrier record labels.

August Symphony Series performance location

Door Community Auditorium - Fish Creek 

The Peninsula Music Festival - 10347 Highway 42

Unit B Green Gables Shops 

P.O. Box 340, Ephraim, Wisconsin  54211


Phone: (920) 854-4060