One of the country's most distinguished conductors, Maestro Thomas Wilkins returns to lead the San Diego Symphony for the eighth successive year. A highly sought after guest conductor for top orchestras throughout the United States, Wilkins always brings a special energy and excitement to each performance, which is why he’s been invited back to Symphony at Salk – A Concert Under the Stars.
Wilkins is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and he continues his role as the Music Director of the Omaha Symphony. Past positions include Resident Conductor of the Detroit Symphony as well as the Florida Orchestra (Tampa Bay), and Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony (Virginia). He has also served on the music faculties of North Park University (Chicago), the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
A native of Norfolk, VA., Wilkins resides in Michigan with his wife, Sheri-Lee, and their twin daughters, Nicole and Erica.
San Diego Symphony
In the 100 years since its inception, the San Diego Symphony has become one of the leading orchestras in the United States. The Symphony is committed to providing musical experiences of superior quality for the greater San Diego community and beyond. Through a rich mixture of innovative and educational programming designed to appeal to all ages and cultures, the Symphony makes music an integral part of the cultural and intellectual fabric of the San Diego region, valued by and relevant to all its residents.
The San Diego Symphony offers a wide range of concert experiences and performs more than 100 concerts each season, including an annual appearance at "Symphony at Salk." Symphony performances at downtown San Diego's historic Symphony Hall include the Jacobs' Masterworks series led by Music Director Jahja Ling, offering traditional classical repertoire; City Lights, featuring Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch and popular guest artists; the Family Festival, featuring family friendly concerts; and the Symphony Exposé, a fascinating series of concerts that examine classical works from entertaining and thought-provoking angles. Each year, from July through September, the Symphony presents an outdoor Summer Pops season at Embarcadero Marina Park South, mixing classical favorites and pop music in a festive, outdoor atmosphere on San Diego's picturesque waterfront.