Keri-Lynn Wilson comes from Winnipeg, Canada. She studied flute, piano and violin and acquired her Masters diploma in conducting and flute at The Juilliard School of Music. She studied with renowned flutist Julius Baker and made her debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 21. Having received the Bruno Walter Scholarship she then studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller, making her debut with the National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada at the age of 23. While a student she assisted Claudio Abbado at the Salzburg Festival and won a grant from the Tanglewood Music Center. From 1994 to 1998 she was Kapellmeister at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
She successfully conducted Tosca, Madama Butterfly and La traviata at the Wiener Staatsoper; La bohème, La traviata, Madama Butterfly and the new production of Lucia di Lammermoor with Anna Netrebko at the Kirov Opera (Mariinsky); Turandot, Madama Butterfly, Tosca and La bohème at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago; Il barbiere di Siviglia in Florenz; Otello and Tosca in Nice; Aida in Rome; Lucia di Lammermoor in Turin; L'elisir d'amore at the Bari Opera; La bohème and Anna Bolena in Bilbao; Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Lucia di Lammermoor in the Arena di Verona; Madama Butterfly in Leipzig; Rigoletto in Parma; Don Pasquale in Palermo; La bohème and Tosca at the Bolshoi Opera; Tosca at the Oslo Opera, La Rondine at the Los Angeles Opera, La traviata and Tosca at the Bavarian State Opera Munich, La bohème at the Israeli Opera, Falstaff at the Juilliard Opera New York, Turandot at Washington National Opera and La fanciulla del West at the Montreal Opera.
In 2009-10 she conducted Manon Lescaut at the Bucharest National Opera (George Ionescu Festival), Boris Godunov at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw, Tosca at the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper), Simon Boccanegra at the Montreal Opera, Rigoletto at the Teatro Massimo Palermo and Iolanthe at the Bolshoi Opera. She participated in the Prague Spring Festival and conducted the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Ochestra Teatro Regio di Parma at the Opera Bilbao. She conducted the Orchestre National d'Ile de France in Paris with Anna Netrebko and returned to the Israeli Opera for Pique Dame. The 2010-2011 season led her to the opera houses of Vienna (State Opera) and Tel Aviv as well as concert productions in Munich, Salerno, Montreal and others. The current season showcases further engagements in Budapest (Don Giovanni), Warsaw (Lucia), Bucharest (Onegin) as well as Stockholm (Pique Dame), Salerno (Traviata) and Carmen at the Festival de Nimes. Future projects include Flying Dutchman in Montreal and Traviata in Zurich among others.
She conducts opera as well as symphonic works. Recently she conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chambre Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Oviedo Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra Aachen, the Gewandhausorchestra Leipzig, the Mariinsky Orchestra St. Petersburg, the Orchestra of Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra at the Munich Opera Festival. Future concerts bring her to Bucharest, Jerusalem and Washington, among others.
Dorian Records has produced a CD of her conducting the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela playing Danzón and Latin American compositions.