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.

During the 2014/15 season, Parameswaran made his debut with the Eugene Symphony, and he was one of four participants selected to participate in the David Zinman Conductors 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.

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 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 a 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. That May, he served as the cover conductor to Robert Spano in the Curtis Symphony Orchestra’s tour to Dresden, Germany, as well as the cover conductor to Miguel Harth-Bedoya with the Fort Worth Symphony.

Previously, Parameswaran led the Curtis Symphony Orchestra twice at Verizon Hall in works by Ludwig, Barber and Danielpour, and he made his Kennedy Center debut in 2011 with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he 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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