Wiley Biography

David Stewart Wiley

David Stewart Wiley has conducted such acclaimed symphonies as Atlanta, Buffalo, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, Oregon, Hawaii, and Utah, as well as in dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe.  Recently, Wiley made his triple debut with Boston Pops as conductor, composer, and piano soloist in Boston’s historic Symphony Hall.  Wiley enjoys a multi-faceted and in-demand career as an orchestra builder, guest conductor, arranger, educator, and chamber music collaborator, and inspires and engages both orchestras and audiences. 

Blossoming under David Stewart Wiley’s energetic and committed leadership since 1996, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (RSO) has experienced continued artistic growth, program innovation and expansion, and increased financial stability during Wiley’s 25 seasons. His tenure with the RSO is a remarkable success story, with consistently stellar reviews, a diverse and impressive list of guest artists and composers, and innovative commissions of new music. Wiley is an engaged and active community partner and recognized celebrity, having been named Roanoke’s “Citizen of the Year” for his outstanding service and outreach.  David was part of the leadership team who travelled to Denver as Roanoke received its 7th “All-American City” award. Wiley actively partners with schools and numerous arts and civic organizations, and the RSO & Wiley received a prestigious Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University for its partnership with city schools. The RSO produced a live TV broadcast, and collaborates with WVTF public radio to broadcast many of its concerts. His energetic work bringing classical music to youth in minority communities has been steadfast, and he was honored by the NAACP as Citizen of the Year in the Arts for his service. The national Chapter of MS Society recently honored David and Leah at their Dinner of Champions for their civic leadership and service.

Wiley also serves as Music Director & Conductor of Orchestra Long Island (OLI) in New York, and continues to travel regularly to New York.  As he has done for 20 years beginning in 2001 with the LI Philharmonic, he leads concerts for many thousands each year in venues from the Bronx to the Hamptons, in educational, pops, chamber, and classical and parks programs.  Wiley is Artistic Director of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival based in Floyd, and previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. As an experienced leader, Wiley plans and facilitates an innovative experience with business executives and musicians together on stage titled “Conducting Change” [see link on this website] which helps executives to model leadership skills in a fun and engaging atmosphere with a live orchestra.

As an accomplished  solo pianist with diverse classical, pops, and chamber music experience, Wiley has performed with numerous orchestras in the United States including Boston, Minnesota, Indianapolis, Oregon, Honolulu, Wheeling, and West Virginia, performing major concerti by Baroque to contemporary, often conducting from the piano.  He has appeared in recital and chamber music appearances in China, Russia, Romania, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria.  Numerous opera and ballet performances include the Aspen Opera Theater, IU Opera Theater, and the Moscow Ballet. 

Summer engagements include the Aspen Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Garth Newel, Wintergreen, Park City (Utah), Minnesota Orchestra Summerfest, Sitka (Alaska) and Prince Albert (Hawaii) summer music festivals.  From 1999 until 2006 Wiley was the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, where he founded and built the festival orchestra, created the student academy, and led the festival to remarkable artistic growth in seven years, tripling the balanced budget. 

Wiley’s CDs include an album of French Cello Concerti with Grammy-winner 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 which includes Wiley’s third piano concerto. He has released Wiley & Friends: Classical JazzAmerican Trumpet Concertos with the Slovak Radio Symphony/Neebe, and violin/piano duo CD Preludes & Lullabies with Akemi Takayama, Sempre Libera with soprano Adelaide Trombetta, a solo piano CD with all original compositions Full Circle, and Piano Bells.  As a composer, he wrote symphonic music for the film “Lake Effects”, which featured a symphonic soundtrack performed by the RSO, Wiley conducting, with original music by Boyle and Wiley.  Numerous orchestras continue to perform his music.

He has collaborated with a remarkable list of artists in the classical and pops world, from Leonard Bernstein, Billy Joel, Mercedes Ellington, Kool and the Gang, Aaron Neville, Michael McDonald, Jennifer Holiday, Bernadette Peters, John Williams, Jessye Norman, Bruce Hornsby, Lou Rawls, Andre Watts, and Marvin Hamlisch, among countless others.  Raised and trained initially in Boston, he made his debut at the age of 10 in Boston performing his first piano concerto with a professional orchestra.  He has composed three piano concerti. 

David Stewart Wiley won the Aspen Conducting Prize, was Assistant Conductor for the Aspen Music Festival, and was awarded a Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood.  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 the Perry F. Kendig Prize for service to the arts and is a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International.  He and his wife Leah are the parents of two artistically talented teens, one in high school and one in college.