David Stewart Wiley serves concurrently as Music Director & Conductor of both New York's Long Island Philharmonic and Virginia's Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. In June of 2013, Wiley will conduct his first performances as Artistic Director & Conductor of Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival.
Active as a guest conductor, pianist, arranger and
composer, Wiley has guest conducted acclaimed symphonies including Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minnesota, St. 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 previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Wiley has proven to be an innovative and inspiring American music director & conductor, leading orchestras to artistic success, especially in challenging times. Among his diverse activities, he created and leads 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. Information for this and other programs can be found at www.DavidStewartWiley.com.
David has collaborated with a diversity of acclaimed solo artists and groups in the Classical and Pops world, including Billy Joel, Leonard Bernstein, Sir James Galway, Jessye Norman, Midori, Lynn Harrell, John Williams, Andre Watts, Akemi Takayama, Pip Clarke, David Kim, Elmar Oliveira, Erica Kiesewetter, Julie Albers, Jon Nakamatsu, Eiji Oue, Norman Krieger, Zuill Bailey, Giora Schmidt, Christian Zacharias, Orly Shaham, Bernadette Peters, Bruse Hornsby, Jennifer Holliday, Marvin Hamlisch, Mercedes Ellington, Lou Rawls, Doc Severinsen, 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.
Wiley's tenure with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra continues to be a remarkable success story, and the RSO is rapidly becoming an example for a successful new artistic business model for a vital and stable regional orchestra. Under his artistic leadership, the RSO balanced budget has almost tripled, with dramatically increased artistic quality, community excitement, endowment growth, and increased ticket sales. The RSO collaborated with public radio WVTF to broadcast RSO subscription concerts live and to present internet podcasts. Wiley partners with schools and numerous arts organizations throughout the region, and innovative events like "RSO Rocks" have broadened what a symphony event can be for new audiences.
David Stewart Wiley has been a visible and energetic leader for the Long Island Philharmonic since 2001. He has created and hosted TV shows promoting Long Island and the LIP, and hosts enthusiastic pre-concert conversations. The orchestra is seeing summer parks performances for tens of thousands each year, and the annual New Year's Eve concert is now a popular sell-out. The orchestra has also seen continued success with its "side-by-side" and youth concerts and other educational offerings conducted by Wiley, reaching tens of thousands of students throughout the Island each year with around a dozen LIP orchestral classical programs in the schools.
2012 saw the international release of the film Lake Effects starring Jane Seymour, featuring a symphonic soundtrack played by the RSO conducted by David Stewart Wiley with new original music by Boyle and Wiley. In early fall of 2012, Wiley hosted another trip to Europe culminating with a solo performance at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.
Wiley's CDs include an album of French cello concerti with Zuill Bailey & the Roanoke Symphony on Delos Internationsl, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 "Choral", American Piano Concertos with Norman Krieger on Artisie 4, "David 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.
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 awareded 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 the Perry F. Kendig Prize for service to the arts.
As a solo pianist, Wiley has performed with numerous major orchestras throughout the United States including Minnesota, Indianapolis, Oregon, Honolulu, Wheeling, and at the Aspen, Garth Newel, Wintergreen, and Prince Albert (Hawaii) summer festivals. The summer of 2012 marked his conducting debut with symphony performances at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. From 1999 until 2006 Wiley was the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. He has also appeared as a jazz pianist in Boston's Symphony Hall and in recital appearances throughout the U.S. as well as in China, Russia, Romania, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Bulgaria.
David and his wife Leah Marer Wiley (a performer and certified fitness instructor) have a son and a daughter, and enjoy travelling, hiking and mountain biking, and music together.