David Stewart Wiley brings to our Long Island Philharmonic a strong national reputation as an experienced and energetic orchestra builder, bringing his many talents as conductor, concert pianist, pops arranger and classical and film composer. 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 and innovative performances in diverse concert venues and styles.
Collaborating on 80 performances a year in the U.S. and abroad, Maestro Wiley serves concurrently as Music Director & Conductor of our Long Island Philharmonic, Virginia's Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and most recently as Artistic Director & Conductor of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival. He is represented by William Reinert Associates in New York.
David Stewart Wiley has been a visible and energetic leader for the Long Island Philharmonic since 2001, weathering the economic storm in NY and helping the LIP to emerge stable and poised for future growth. He has created and hosted TV shows promoting Long Island and the LIP, and the orchestra summer parks and other seasonal performances for tens of thousands each year. The annual New Year's Eve concert is now a popular sell-out, the orchestra has added a new holiday program, and the orchestra expanded into new venues including Patchogue and Garden City. Evolving to better serve Long Island, the orchestra has "side-by-side" and youth concerts and other educational offerings conducted by Wiley, reaching thousands of students throughout the island each year with many LIP orchestral classical programs in and for the schools.
As a guest conductor, Wiley has conducted such distinguished symphonies as Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, Atlanta, Oregon, Honolulu, and Utah, among many others in 35 U.S. states. Wiley's music career has taken him to dozens of countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa including Italy, Germany, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. He has hosted six European musical trips for symphony patrons, the most recent one on the Danube this last fall, including a performance at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. 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 in addition to short summer tours. 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 to be seen at www.DavidStewartWiley.com.
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. Wiley’s 2013 inaugural season of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival in Floyd, Virginia exceeded expectations with excellent attendance, a successful performance academy, and a balanced budget. 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.
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 and Paul Neebe, and violin/piano duo CD "Preludes & Lullabies" with Akemi Takayama. As a composer, he collaborated on the film “Lake Effects” starring Jane Seymour, which featured a symphonic soundtrack performed by the RSO, David Stewart Wiley conductor, with new original music by Boyle and Wiley.
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 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. Wiley was honored by the NAACP as Citizen of the Year in the Arts, and 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 and his wife Leah Marer Wiley (a performer and certified fitness instructor) have a son and a daughter in elementary school, and enjoy travelling, hiking, mountain biking, and making music together.