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Giancarlo Guerrero is a six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor now in his eleventh season as Music Director of the Nashville Symphony. Guerrero is also Music Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic at the National Forum of Music in Poland and Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal. Guerrero has been praised for his “charismatic conducting and attention to detail” (Seattle Times) in “viscerally powerful performances” (Boston Globe) that are “at once vigorous, passionate, and nuanced” (BachTrack).
Through commissions, recordings, and world premieres, Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony have championed the works of American composers who are defining today’s musical landscape, making Nashville a destination for contemporary orchestral music. Guerrero has presented eleven world-premieres with the Nashville Symphony, including the GRAMMY-winning performance of Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway and Terry Riley’s Palmian Chord Ryddle.
Guerrero’s rich discography with the Nashville Symphony numbers seventeen, including the 2019 Naxos release of world premiere recordings of works by Jonathan Leshnoff, with the composer’s Symphony No. 4 “Heichalos.” The symphony was commissioned by the Nashville Symphony for the Violins of Hope, a collection of restored instruments that survived the Holocaust. This recording marks the first time the instruments have been heard on a commercially available album.
In a glowing review of Guerrero’s recording of John Harbison’s Requiem with the Nashville Symphony and Chorus released in 2018, MusicWeb International declared, “Giancarlo Guerrero brings out not just the drama but also the many subtleties in the score.” Other albums have been dedicated to the music of composers as diverse as Jennifer Higdon, Richard Danielpour, Joan Tower and Béla Fleck.
During the 2019/2020 season, Naxos will release recordings of Aaron Jay Kernis’ Symphony No. 4 and Christopher Rouse’s Concerto for Orchestra, both recorded with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. As part of his commitment to fostering contemporary music, Guerrero, together with composer Aaron Jay Kernis, guided the creation of Nashville Symphony’s biannual Composer Lab & Workshop for young and emerging composers.
Guerrero enjoys relationships with orchestras around the world. His 2019/20 season will include return engagements with the Boston Symphony, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberg Symphony, Frankfurt Opera and Museums Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony. In January 2020, Guerrero will conduct the Wrocław Philharmonic on a twelve-city North American tour.
Maestro Guerrero has appeared with prominent North American orchestras, including those of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Montréal, Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and the National Symphony Orchestra. He has developed a strong international guestconducting profile and has worked in recent seasons with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, Deutsches Radio Philharmonie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Netherlands Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, NDR in Hannover, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Queensland Symphony and Sydney Symphony in Australia. Guerrero was honored as the keynote speaker at the 2019 League of American Orchestras conference, where his address on transforming “inspiration and innovation into meaningful action” was met with a unified standing ovation.
Guerrero made his debut with Houston Grand Opera in 2015 conducting Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Early in his career, he worked regularly with the Costa Rican Lyric Opera and has conducted new productions of Carmen, La bohème, and Rigoletto. In 2008 he gave the Australian premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's one-act opera Ainadamar at the Adelaide Festival.
Guerrero previously held posts as the Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami (2011-2016), Music Director of the Eugene Symphony (2002-2009), and Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra (1999- 2004).
Born in Nicaragua, Guerrero immigrated during his childhood to Costa Rica, where he joined the local youth symphony. As a promising young student, he came to the United States to study percussion and conducting at Baylor University in Texas; he earned his master’s degree in conducting at Northwestern, where he studied with Victor Yampolsky. Given his beginnings in civic youth orchestras, Guerrero is particularly engaged with conducting training orchestras and has worked with the Curtis School of Music, Colburn School in Los Angeles, and Yale Philharmonia, as well as with the Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando program, which provides an intensive music education to promising young students from diverse ethnic backgrounds. In recent years, he has also developed a relationship with the National Youth Orchestra (NYO2) in New York, created and operated by the Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall.
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
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Praised for his rich, gorgeous tone and playing that can range
from lovely and elegant, to vigorous with head-banging, rock star
energy, German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has been hailed by
Gramophone Magazine as "one of the finest among the astonishing
gallery of young virtuoso cellists." Johannes has performed with
the world's leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, New
York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Cleveland
Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic,
Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Munich
Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony and Israel Philharmonic. He works
regularly with conductors of the highest level including Riccardo
Muti, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta,
Vladimir Jurowski, Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honeck, Christian
Thielemann, Pierre Boulez, Paavo Jarvi and Semyon Bychkov.
The 2013-14 season includes debuts with the London Philharmonic,
Baltimore Symphony, Oregon Symphony and Houston Symphony as well as
returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony,
Deutsche-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, WDR Cologne and Essen
Johannes has gained a reputation for his exquisite performances
and wide ranging repertoire, much of it recorded on his extensive
award-winning discography.His affinity for new music has brought
him much attention from leading conductors such as Pierre Boulez,
who invited him to make his U.S. debut with the Chicago Symphony on
the Rands Concerto. Johannes is an enthusiastic advocate for
the electric cello which he uses to explore new possibilities in
sound as well as for improvisation. In October 2012 he
premiered " Magnetar", a concerto for electric cello by Enrico
Chapela, which Johannes performed with Los Angeles Philharmonic
conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and in the 2013-14 season Johannes
will continue this relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic
by performing Michel van der Aa's cello concerto "Up-close".
Johannes is committed to reaching out to young audiences, from
kindergarten to college and beyond. From his 2010 American tour
with toy pianist Phyllis Chen "Sounding Off: A Fresh Look at
Classical Music", to outreach activities on campuses and
performances in alternative venues, Johannes aims to present
classical music in terms with which listeners of all ages can
A dedicated chamber musician, Johannes has played with: Joshua
Bell, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, Menahem Pressler, James Ehnes,
Midori and Jonathan Biss. He has also performed at many festivals
including the Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Gstaad and Kissinger
festivals, the Mehta Chamber Music Festival and the Colorado,
Seattle and Brevard music festivals.
Johannes has received two ECHO Klassik awards and the Preis der
Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for his recordings on Hänssler
Classics. His concerto debut disc, which features the complete
works of Saint-Saëns for cello and orchestra with the Stuttgart
Radio Symphony Orchestra, was honoured as one of Classics Today's
Top 10 CDs of 2008. Following an album of works by Britten, Bridge
and Bax, a disc of Martinu, Hindemith and Honegger concerti
received great acclaim and was listed for the prestigious "Preis
der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik". The latest concerto album of
the Britten Cello Symphony and the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.
1 with WDR Cologne and Pietari Inkinen was released in January
Born into a musical family in 1979 as a dual citizen of Germany
and Canada, Johannes began studying the cello at the age of eight
and became a student of Professor David Geringas in 1997. He was
the top prize winner at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, in
addition to being awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation
of the Rococo Variations.
A voracious reader of everything from Kafka to Collins, and an
avid outdoorsman, Johannes Moser is a keen hiker and mountain biker
in what little spare time he has.
Johannes Moser, cello