Orchestra & Conductors

Giancarlo Guerrero

Music Director

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Giancarlo Guerrero, Music Director

Giancarlo Guerrero is Music Director of the Nashville Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami Residency. Maestro Guerrero has led the Nashville Symphony to several GRAMMY® wins in recent years, including the category of Best Orchestral Performance in 2011.

In the 2015/16 season, Guerrero makes debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Copenhagen Philharmonic, NDR Hanover, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. He returns to the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Detroit and Indianapolis, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic and Brussels Philharmonic. He will also return to the Eugene Symphony, where he was formerly music director, in celebration of the orchestra’s 50th anniversary. For many years he has maintained a close association with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil and spent three weeks with the orchestra this summer.

Last season, Guerrero made his debut with the Houston Grand Opera conducting Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and made European debuts with the Orchestre National de France, the Netherlands Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest and Tonkünstler Orchester. He has appeared with many of the prominent North American orchestras, including those of Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Montreal, Philadelphia, Toronto and Vancouver, among others. He is also known to audiences of major summer festivals including the Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles) and Blossom Music Festival (Cleveland).

Guerrero has developed an active and visible profile in Europe and has worked with great success in recent seasons with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, DSO-Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.

An advocate of new music and contemporary composers, Guerrero has collaborated with and championed the works of several of America’s most respected composers, including John Adams, John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra and Richard Danielpour. His recordings with the Nashville Symphony include releases of music by Danielpour and Sierra on the Naxos label, and Bela Fleck’s Banjo Concerto on Deutsche Grammophon. Guerrero, together with composer Aaron Jay Kernis, recently developed and guided the creation of Nashville Symphony’s Composer Lab & Workshop initiative to foster and promote new American orchestral music. 

Early in his career, Guerrero worked regularly with the Costa Rican Lyric Opera and in recent seasons 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 served as Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1999-2004 and was Music Director of the Eugene Symphony in Oregon from 2002-09.


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