Giancarlo Guerrero is the eight-time GRAMMY® award winning Music Director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held since 2009 and has committed to through the 2024-25 season. He was recently also named Music Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic at the National Forum of Music in Poland starting in the 2017-18 season.
A passionate proponent of new and contemporary music, Guerrero has championed the works of several of America's most respected composers. He has presented eight world premieres with the Nashville Symphony including the 2016 performance and recent GRAMMY®-winning recording of Michael Daugherty's cello concerto Tales of Hemingway. The 2016-17 season also saw the release of new albums with the Nashville Symphony dedicated to the music of Richard Danielpour and Jennifer Higdon. In addition, Guerrero developed and guided the creation of Nashville Symphony's Composer Lab & Workshop initiative, together with composer Aaron Jay Kernis, to further foster and promote new American orchestral music.
In the 2017-18 season, Guerrero's guest conducting engagements include the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, Residentie Orchestra in Hague, and Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, among others.
A natural and instinctive musician, Guerrero is a charismatic presence on the podium. Maestro Guerrero has appeared with many of the prominent North American orchestras, including those of Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Montreal, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. He has developed a strong guest conducting profile in Europe and has worked with great success 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.
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 to great acclaim.
Giancarlo 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).