Nashville, Tenn. (August 19, 2015) – The Nashville Symphony announced today that Vinay Parameswaran has been promoted to Associate Conductor and has signed a contract agreement that will keep him with the organization for the next three years.
“Ever since he arrived here, Vinay has fulfilled his responsibilities with unique dedication and care, and his passion for music education in particular has been a huge addition to the Symphony’s education and community engagement efforts,” said Giancarlo Guerrero, Nashville Symphony Music Director. “This well-deserved promotion reflects what an enormous asset Vinay is to both the Nashville Symphony and the entire Middle Tennessee community, and we are thrilled to have him here for the immediate future.”
Named Assistant Conductor in early 2014, Parameswaran has conducted classical and pops performances by the GRAMMY® Award-winning orchestra, as well as all of the organization’s Community Concerts. Working closely with the Symphony’s education and community engagement team, he also conducts and develops the programming for the popular Pied Piper Children’s Series.
“It is an incredible honor to be a part of the Nashville Symphony, and I am excited for the next three years as we continue to advance the Symphony’s mission of artistic and educational excellence,” said Parameswaran.
“I’m very grateful to Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero for his mentorship and unwavering confidence in me, as well as the amazing orchestra musicians who inspire me every day and the entire staff of the Nashville Symphony,” Parameswaran continued. “And of course, I want to thank our supportive and enthusiastic audience members, donors and supporters who have embraced me since the day I arrived in Nashville.”
In the last year, Parameswaran made his debut with the Eugene Symphony and 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 chosen to participate in the Malko Competition in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Prior to joining the Nashville Symphony, Parameswaran conducted the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble on the album Two x Four in 2013, featuring violinists Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh. In the summer of 2012, he was one of seven out of over 130 applicants to take part 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.
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.