Orchestra & Conductors

Vinay Parameswaran

Associate Conductor

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Vinay Parameswaran, Associate Conductor

Active as both an orchestra and opera conductor, Vinay Parameswaran currently serves as Associate Conductor of the Nashville Symphony, where he works closely with Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and conducts the Symphony in classical, pops, education, and community concerts. In his tenure as Associate Conductor, Parameswaran has conducted the Nashville Symphony in over 100 performances.

In the 2016/17 season, Parameswaran will make his debuts with the Rochester Philharmonic and Tucson Symphony. He will also make his Classical Series debut with the Nashville Symphony conducting works by Gabriella Smith, Grieg, and Prokofiev.

During the 2015/16 season, Parameswaran made his debuts with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra. During the 2014/15 season, he made his debut with the Eugene Symphony, and he was one of four conductors selected to participate in the David Zinman Conductor Workshop with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada. He was also one of 24 conductors selected to participate in the Malko Competition in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

In 2013, Parameswaran conducted the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble on the album Two x Four, featuring violinists Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh. Along with works by Bach, David Ludwig, and Philip Glass, the recording included Anna Clyne’s Prince of Clouds, which received a 2014 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

During the 2013/14 season, Parameswaran conducted Itzhak Perlman and the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. He also returned to the Curtis Opera Theater in an acclaimed production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore. During the 2012/13 season, he conducted Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Curtis Opera Theatre, followed by appearances with the Vermont Symphony conducting three double-concertos with Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh. He concluded the season with East Coast tour appearances with Laredo and Koh at the Perelman Theater (Kimmel Center), the Kennedy Center and Miller Theater as part of the “Curtis on Tour” program. In the summer of 2012, Parameswaran was one of seven out of over 130 applicants to be selected as a participant in the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s Conductors Workshop, headed by Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Parameswaran holds a Bachelor of Arts in music and political science from Brown University, where he graduated with honors. At Brown, he began his conducting studies with Paul Phillips. He received a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller, distinguished conducting pedagogue, as the Albert M. Greenfield Fellow. 


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