Orchestra & Conductors

Giancarlo Guerrero

Music Director

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Giancarlo Guerrero, Music Director

Giancarlo Guerrero is Music Director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of Cleveland Orchestra Miami.

Guerrero has established himself with many of the major North American orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, among others. He is also known to audiences of large summer festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles) and Blossom Music Festival (Cleveland). Equally at home in operatic repertoire, Guerrero makes his debut with the Houston Grand Opera in 2014/15 conducting Puccini’s Madame Butterly. He 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 is cultivating an increasingly visible profile in Europe, where his recent debuts include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Copenhagen Philharmonic and Frankfurt Radio Symphony. In the 2014/15 season, he makes debuts with the Orchestre National de France, Tonkünstler Orchester and Residentie Orkest (The Hague Philharmonic). For many years, Guerrero has maintained a close association with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, as well as with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and El Sistema in Venezuela.

Guerrero’s recordings with Nashville Symphony won GRAMMY® Awards in 2011 and 2012, including Best Orchestral Performance. A fervent advocate of contemporary music and composers, he has championed works by several of America’s foremost composers, including John Adams, John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra and Richard Danielpour.

A native of Costa Rica, Guerrero gained early experience with the Costa Rican Lyric Opera, and later spent time in Venezuela as Music Director of the Táchira Symphony Orchestra. Upon moving to the U.S., he studied conducting and percussion at Baylor and Northwestern universities. He 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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