Conductor Comes to Music City from Omaha, Will Serve One-Year Term
Nashville, Tenn. (July 24, 2017) – The Nashville Symphony has announced that Enrico Lopez-Yañez has been named Assistant Conductor and will begin a one-year term with the orchestra in September.
Most recently Assistant Conductor of the Omaha Symphony, Lopez-Yañez is familiar with the Nashville Symphony and local audiences, having conducted a pair of the organization’s free Community Concerts this summer and having led the orchestra during Nashville’s “Let Freedom Sing” Fourth of July celebration. He succeeds Vinay Parameswaran, who earlier this summer left Music City for a position with The Cleveland Orchestra.
“Enrico proved himself to be an immensely talented and versatile conductor during his appearances with the Nashville Symphony this summer, showcasing his creativity and warmth while quickly developing a strong chemistry with our orchestra,” said Giancarlo Guerrero, Nashville Symphony Music Director. “His stellar work in Omaha, both onstage and throughout that community, will serve him well in Music City, and we are very excited to welcome him to the Nashville Symphony family.”
Lopez-Yañez joined the Omaha Symphony as conducting fellow in April 2015 before recently being promoted to Assistant Conductor. During his tenure, he has led the ensemble in more than 100 performances, including the Omaha Symphony’s Mission Imagination, Celebrate Creativity, Carnegie Hall Link Up, Symphony Rocks and Family concerts, and the All Aboard touring program. He has also played a central role in crafting music education and community engagement programs during his two-plus years in Nebraska, which will prove invaluable in his work leading the Nashville Symphony’s own such programs.
Lopez-Yañez received his baccalaureate and master’s in music from the University of California Los Angeles, where he studied trumpet with Jens Lindemann and graduated summa cum laude, and he
holds a master’s in music in orchestral conducting from the University of Maryland. In 2016, he served as Assistant Conductor to Christoph Eschenbach and Valeri Gergiev for the National Youth Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall, New York state and European tour performances. His international guest-conducting appearances include the Orquesta Filarmónica de Zacatecas and the Orchestra Sinfónica de Aguascalientes in Mexico, the Prague Summer Nights Orchestra and the 2011 Festival de Musica in Londrina, Brazil.
Photos of Enrico Lopez-Yañez are available upon request.