Giancarlo Guerrero is the Music Director of the Nashville Symphony, having taken up the post in 2009. A natural and instinctive musician, Guerrero is a charismatic presence on the podium. He is a strong advocate of contemporary music and has championed the works of several of America’s most respected composers. He has presented eight world premieres with the Nashville Symphony and has led the orchestra to several GRAMMY® wins in recent years, including in 2016 for his recording of works by Stephen Paulus.
In the 2016/17 season, Guerrero will lead performances with The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami, Charlotte Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Brussels Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Frankfurter Opern- and Museumsorchester, Orchestre National de France, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. For many years Guerrero has maintained a close association with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil and will spend three weeks with the orchestra this summer. In addition, he has been re-invited to lead a summer residency with Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute’s NYO2 project, culminating in a concert with the young musicians alongside the Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall.
Guerrero’s recent debuts include the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Houston Grand Opera conducting Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and, in Europe, with the NDR Hanover, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, and Tonkünstler Orchester.
Maestro Guerrero has appeared with many of the prominent North American orchestras, including those of Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Montreal, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., among others. He is also known to audiences of major summer festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles) and Blossom Music Festival (Cleveland). He has developed a strong guest-conducting profile in Europe and has worked with great success in recent seasons with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.
A passionate proponent of new music and contemporary composers, Guerrero has performed and recorded the works of esteemed American composers including John Adams, John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra, and Richard Danielpour. With the Nashville Symphony, he has made recordings of music by Danielpour and Sierra for the Naxos label, and Béla Fleck’s Banjo Concerto for Deutsche Grammophone. Guerrero also recently 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.
Early in his career, Guerrero 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.
Giancarlo Guerrero previously held posts as the Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami (2013-2016), Music Director of the Eugene Symphony (2002-2009), and Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra (1999-2004).