Enrico Lopez-Yañez is the newly appointed assistant conductor of the Nashville Symphony. Lopez-Yañez comes to Nashville following two seasons as Assistant Conductor, née Conducting Fellow, of the Omaha Symphony where he led over 100 performances on their Family, Education, Community, and Symphony Rocks concert series. In the summer of 2016, Lopez-Yañez served as Assistant Conductor to Christoph Eschenbach and Valeri Gergiev for the National Youth Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall, New York state, and European tour performances.
Sharing an equal love for opera, Lopez-Yañez recently served as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for the Berkshire Opera Festival where his work was met with rave reviews. He has led opera gala concerts in San Diego and Aguascalientes (Mexico), a production of Madama Butterfly with Main Street Opera in Chicago, and served as Assistant Conductor for Opera Omaha’s production of La Boheme.
While in graduate school, Lopez-Yañez served as Assistant Conductor to the Capital City Symphony and Music Director for the University of Maryland’s Repertoire Orchestra. Lopez-Yañez also attended the Castleton Music Festival where Lorin Maazel invited him as a Conducting Associate. His international appearances have included guest conducting with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Zacatecas (Mexico), the Orquesta Sinfónica de Aguascalientes (Mexico), the Prague Summer Nights Orchestra (Czech Republic) and at the 2011 Festival de Musica in Londrina, Brazil.
Lopez-Yañez’s principal teachers were Jim Ross and Thomas Wilkins, with additional studies and masterclasses from Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Ken Kiesler. He holds a Masters in Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Maryland. Before studying at Maryland, Lopez-Yañez received his Baccalaureate and Masters in Music from UCLA, where he studied trumpet with Jens Lindemann and graduated summa cum laude.