Dorian Wilson first obtained international recognition at the 1989 Malko International Conducting Competition. He was subsequently asked to be the second conductor for the Moscow Philharmonic, and, at 25 years old, the youngest conductor in their history. He was later appointed first guest conductor of the Russian National Orchestra, and frequently conducts to the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Between 2003 and 2007 he was Principal Guest Conductor, then Music Director of the Belgrade Philharmonic. In October 2006 he conducted a nine concert tour of Spain with the Berliner Symphoniker, while in opera, he was Music Director of Theater Vorpommern in Germany where he conducted over 50 productions in more than 300 performances. He made his Royal Swedish Opera debut with Nozze di Figaro, and conducted Lohengrin at the Deutsches National Theater Weimar, where he was immediately asked to conduct a new production of La Boheme.
As recognized by the International Federation of Music Competitions, Wilson has won more International prizes for conducting than any other conductor. Since 1989 he has won an additional eight prizes in every conducting competition he has entered, which include virtually all the world’s major competitions. He studied at Oberlin Conservatory (Piano and Art History), Indiana University (Piano and Viola), the University of Michigan (Orchestral Conducting and Opera Coaching), and the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna (Conducting), and his teachers included Seiji Ozawa, Gustav Meier, Dmitri Kitajenko, Rudolph Barshai, Jorma Pamula and Leonard Bernstein.