Martha & Bronson Ingram Music Director Chair
Giancarlo Guerrero is the six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Music Director of the Nashville Symphony, a post he has held since 2009 and has committed to through the 2024-25 season. In 2017, he was also appointed Music Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic at the National Forum of Music in Poland and Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal. A natural and instinctive musician, Guerrero “brings to the podium not only vitality and insight but also an appealing physical dynamism.” writes the Plain Dealer.
A passionate proponent of new music, Guerrero has championed the works of several of America's most respected composers through commissions, recordings and world premieres. Guerrero’s advocacy has helped make Nashville a destination for contemporary music. He has presented eight world premieres with the Nashville Symphony, including the 2016 performance and recent GRAMMY®-winning recording of Michael Daugherty’s cello concerto Tales of Hemingway. Recent seasons have also seen the release of new albums with the Nashville Symphony dedicated to the music of Terry Riley (the first album of orchestral music by that composer in a quarter century), Richard Danielpour and Jennifer Higdon, as well as a collection of wind concertos by Brad Warnaar, Frank Ticheli and Behzad Ranjbaran. Guerrero developed and guided the creation of Nashville Symphony's Composer Lab & Workshop initiative, together with composer Aaron Jay Kernis, to further foster and promote new American orchestral music.
A well-traveled guest conductor, Guerrero enjoys relationships with orchestras around the world. In the 2017/18 season, Guerrero’s guest-conducting engagements include the Boston Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, Residentie Orchestra in The Hague and Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, among others.
Maestro Guerrero has appeared with many of the prominent North American orchestras, including those of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Montreal, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. He has developed a strong guest-conducting profile in Europe as well and has worked with great success in recent seasons with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, Deutsches Radio Philharmonie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Netherlands Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Guerrero made his debut with Houston Grand Opera in 2015 conducting Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Early in his career, he worked regularly with the Costa Rican Lyric Opera and has conducted new productions of Carmen, La bohème, and Rigoletto. In 2008 he gave the Australian premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's one-act opera Ainadamar at the Adelaide Festival to great acclaim.
Guerrero previously held posts as the Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami (2011-2016), Music Director of the Eugene Symphony (2002-2009) and Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra (1999-2004).
Guerrero is particularly engaged with conducting training orchestras and works regularly with the Curtis School of Music, Colburn School in Los Angeles and Yale Philharmonia. In recent years, he has developed a relationship with the National Youth Orchestra (NYO2) in New York, created and operated by the Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall.