Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

Music Director

David Stewart Wiley, Music Director & Conductor

David Stewart Wiley David Stewart Wiley is an experienced and energetic orchestra builder, sharing his many talents as conductor, concert pianist, pops arranger, composer and recording artist. In a time of dramatic change in the orchestral world, he brings innovative and collaborative leadership, deep community involvement with outreach and education, and inspiring performances. Wiley serves concurrently as Music Director & Conductor of New York's Long Island Philharmonic, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and as Artistic Director & Conductor of Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival. Wiley's 2014-15 season includes conducting and piano debuts and return engagements with top orchestras and festivals in Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New York, and West Virginia.

As a guest conductor, Wiley has conducted such distinguished symphonies as Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, Oregon, Honolulu, and Utah, among many others in most U.S. states. Wiley's music career has taken him to dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe including Italy, Germany, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. He has previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, where he led numerous classical, pops, and educational performances and brief summer tours. His New Year's Eve concert in NY with the Long Island Philharmonic is an annual sellout, and he conducts summer parks programs and diverse educational and classical programming that reaches tens of thousands each year.

Wiley's work with the RSO has been a continuing success story, with consistently stellar reviews, innovative commissions of new music, and a remarkably diverse and impressive list of guest artists and composers. The RSO collaborates with public radio WVTF to broadcast RSO subscription concerts and presents internet "podcasts". Wiley partners with schools and numerous arts and civic organizations throughout the region, and innovative events like "RSO Rocks" and the new "Destination" series have broadened what a symphony event can be for new audiences. His energetic work bringing classical music to youth in our minority communities has been steadfast, and he was honored by the NAACP as Citizen of the Year in the Arts for his service.

As a solo pianist, Wiley has performed with numerous major orchestras throughout the United States including Minnesota, Indianapolis, Oregon, Honolulu, Wheeling, and West Virginia, performing major concerti by Baroque to contemporary composers, often conducting the orchestra from the piano. He has appeared as a jazz pianist in Boston's Symphony Hall and in recital and chamber music appearances throughout the U.S. as well as in China, Russia, Romania, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria.

Summer engagements include the Aspen Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Garth Newel, Wintergreen, Park City, Minnesota Orchestra Summerfest, and Prince Albert (Hawaii) summer festivals. From 1999 until 2006 Wiley was the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, where he founded the festival orchestra, created the academy, and led the festival to remarkable artistic growth in seven years, tripling the balanced budget. Among his diverse and creative activities, he conceived an acclaimed event with business executives and musicians together on stage titled "Conducting Change", which helps executives to model leadership skills in a fun and engaging atmosphere.

Wiley's CDs include an album of French Cello Concerti with Zuill Bailey & the Roanoke Symphony on Delos International, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 "Choral" with the RSO & Choruses, American Piano Concertos with Norman Krieger & the RSO on Artisie 4, Wiley & Friends: Classical Jazz, American Trumpet Concertos with the Slovak Radio Symphony/Neebe, and violin/piano duo CD Preludes & Lullabies with Akemi Takayama. As a composer, he collaborated on the film "Lake Effects", which featured a symphonic soundtrack performed by the RSO, Wiley conducting, with original music by Boyle and Wiley. His recent solo piano CD Full Circle, with all original compositions, recently sold 1,000 copies in only six months and is now in its second printing. Wiley's new solo piano release Piano Bells - Reflections on Classic Carols is now available.

David Stewart Wiley won the 1993 Aspen Conducting Prize, which led to his engagement as Assistant Conductor for the 1994 Aspen Music Festival, and he was awarded a Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood the following year. Wiley holds both a Doctor and Master of Music in Conducting from Indiana University, a degree in Piano Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a degree in Religion, summa cum laude, from Tufts University. He is a recipient of both the Perry F. Kendig Prize for service to the arts and most recently was named a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International.

David has collaborated with a diversity of acclaimed solo artists and groups in the Classical and Pops world, including Leonard Bernstein, Sir James Galway, Billy Joel, Jessye Norman, Midori, Lynn Harrell, John Williams, Andre Watts, David Kim, Elmar Oliveira, Erica Kiesewetter, Julie Albers, Jon Nakamatsu, Eiji Oue, Norman Krieger, Zuill Bailey, Giora Schmidt, Christian Zacharias, Orly Shaham, Bernadette Peters, Bruce Hornsby, Jennifer Holliday, Marvin Hamlisch, Chita Rivera, Mercedes Ellington, Lou Rawls, Doc Severinsen, Aaron Neville, Michael McDonald, Art Garfunkel, the Pointer Sisters, Ben Vereen, Kool & the Gang, Cirque, Jeans n' Classics, Boz Skaggs, Billy Ocean, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, The Moscow Ballet, and the Sounds of Blackness.

He and his wife soprano Leah Marer Wiley (a soprano soloist and certified fitness instructor) have a son and a daughter who play cello and violin and enjoy travelling, hiking, biking, and making music together.

Related Pages

Buy CD's at Maestro Wiley's website Homepage
Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival