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Giancarlo Guerrero

Giancarlo Guerrero Photograph by Harry Butler

Principal Guest Conductor
Cleveland Orchestra Miami

The 2014-15 season marks Giancarlo Guerrero’s fourth season as principal guest conductor of Cleveland Orchestra Miami, The Cleveland Orchestra's annual residency of performances, community activities, and education events in the Miami-Dade community.  He serves concurrently as music director of the Nashville Symphony.  

Mr. Guerrero’s recent seasons in Nashville have featured several world premieres , including a new work by Richard Danielpour, a Béla Fleck banjo concerto, and a Terry Riley concerto for electric violin.  In addition to his work conducting concerts and in community engagement activities with Cleveland Orch­estra Miami, recent engagements have included appearances in North America with the symphony orchestras of Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Vancouver.  Internationally, he is increasingly active in Europe, where recent engagements included performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

A fervent advocate of new music and contemporary composers, he has collaborated with and conducted works by some of America’s most respected composers, including John Adams, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Roberto Sierra.  His first album with the Nashville Symphony, on Naxos, features works by Daugherty and won three 2011 Grammy Awards.  Two more albums were recently released, of music by Argentine legend Astor Piazzolla and by American composer Joseph Schwantner; the latter recording received a Grammy Award in 2012.

He has appeared regularly in Latin America, conducting the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra and with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, where he has also worked with young musicians in the country’s much-lauded El Sistema music education program. 

Born in Nicaragua and raised in Costa Rica, Giancarlo Guerrero received a bachelor’s degree in percussion from Baylor University and his master’s degree in conducting from Northwestern University.  He was music director of Oregon’s Eugene Symphony (2003-09) and served as associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra (1999-2004).  He received the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Helen M. Thompson Award recognizing outstanding achievement among young conductors.  Prior to his tenure in Minnesota, he was music director of the Táchira Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.

Giancarlo Guerrero made his Cleveland Orchestra debut in May 2006.  He has led the Orchestra in concerts in Miami, at Severance Hall, at the summertime Blossom Music Festival, and in its annual downtown community concert in Cleveland.  In 2014, he conducts the Orchestra in a week-long Midwest Tour, with concerts in Nebraska, Kansas, and Texas.

Updated:  October 2014