Giancarlo Guerrero

Music Director
Martha & Bronson Ingram Music Director Chair

Giancarlo Guerrero is a six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor and Music Director of the Nashville Symphony who has been praised for his charismatic conducting and attention to detail” (Seattle Times). Through commissions, recordings, and world premieres, Guerrero has championed the works of prominent American composers. He has led the Nashville Symphony in eleven world premieres and fifteen recordings of American music, including works by Michael Daugherty, Terry Riley, Jonathan Leshnoff, and John Adams.  

Guerrero recently completed a six-season tenure as Music Director of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic. With that orchestra, Guerrero made recordings including the Billboard chart-topping Bomsori: Violin on Stage on Deutsche Grammophon. 

Guerrero has been a frequent guest conductor in North America, performing with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and the orchestras of Boston, Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Montréal, Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and Houston. Internationally he has led orchestras in Germany, London, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Australia.  

Guerrero spent a decade conducting the Cleveland Orchestra and held the post of Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency. He has also served as Music Director of the Eugene Symphony, and Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. 

Born in Nicaragua, Guerrero immigrated during his childhood to Costa Rica, where he joined the local youth symphony. He came to the US to study at Baylor University in Texas and at Northwestern University where he earned his master’s degree. Given his beginnings in civic youth orchestras, Guerrero is particularly engaged with conducting training orchestras and has worked with the Curtis School of Music, Colburn School in Los Angeles, National Youth Orchestra (NYO2), and Yale Philharmonia, as well as with the Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando program.

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