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Giancarlo Guerrero is a six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor now in his tenth 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 is widely praised for his instinctive musicianship and for bringing to the podium “not only vitality and insight but also an appealing physical dynamism” (The Plain Dealer).
A passionate proponent of new music, Guerrero has championed the works of America's most respected composers through commissions, recordings, and world premieres. Guerrero’s advocacy has helped make Nashville a destination for contemporary orchestral music. He has presented nine world premieres with the Nashville Symphony, including the 2016 performance and recent GRAMMY®-winning recording of Jennifer Higdon’s All Things Majestic and the 2018 premiere and recording of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 4 “Heichalos,” written for the Nashville Symphony’s Violins of Hope initiative, which featured a collection of restored instruments that survived the Holocaust. As part of his commitment to fostering contemporary music, Guerrero developed and guided the creation of Nashville Symphony’s Composer Lab & Workshop initiative, together with composer Aaron Jay Kernis.
Fall of 2018 brings the Naxos release of John Harbison’s monumental Requiem with the Nashville Symphony and Chorus. The release marks both Guerrero’s first choral recording and the first time the work will be heard on record since its premiere by the Boston Symphony in 2003. In the spring of 2019, Naxos will release Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony’s recording of Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 4. Recent seasons have also seen the release of new albums with Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony dedicated to the music of Terry Riley, Michael Daugherty and Richard Danielpour, as well as a collection of wind concertos by Frank Ticheli, Brad Warnaar, and Behzad Ranjbaran. With the Harbison and Leshnoff releases, Guerrero’s rich discography with the Nashville Symphony will number 17.
Outside of Nashville, Wrocław and Lisbon, Guerrero enjoys relationships with orchestras around the world. His 2018/19 engagements will include the Dallas Symphony, Chicago Symphony, NDR in Hannover, OSESP São Paulo and Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia.
Maestro Guerrero has appeared with prominent North American orchestras, including those of Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Montréal, Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and the National Symphony Orchestra. He has developed a strong international guest-conducting 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, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Queensland Symphony and Sydney Symphony in Australia.
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).
Guerrero was born in Nicaragua and immigrated during his childhood to Costa Rica, where he joined the local youth symphony. He quickly proved to be a promising young percussionist and came to the United States to study percussion and conducting at Baylor University in Texas and at Northwestern. Given his beginnings in civic youth orchestras, Guerrero is particularly engaged with conducting training orchestras and works regularly 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 music education to promising young students from underrepresented ethnic communities. In recent years, he has 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