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 and 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 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.
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, NDR in Hannover, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Queensland Symphony and Sydney Symphony Orchestras.
Giancarlo 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 made his debut with Houston Grand Opera in 2015 conducting Puccini's Madama Butterfly.
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. As a promising young student, he went to the United States to study percussion and conducting and was awarded a master’s degree in conducting 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.
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Orchestre National de France
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg
Polish national Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Boston Symphony Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Much of the credit belongs to conductor Giancarlo Guerrero… who brings to the podium not only vitality and insight but also an appealing physical dynamism.
With Guerrero, it wasn’t just the usual emotion and gusto that impressed. No, the performances… also boasted such Classical virtues as restraint, cohesion and clarity.
Guerrero and the NSO concluded with the composer’s Symphony No. 2, a sprawling, plush carpet of a piece that boasts some of Rachmaninoff’s most memorable melodies. The strings were utterly ravishing, especially in the lustrous third-movement adagio. English horn, clarinet and French horn solos were also beautifully burnished.
The orchestra did a stunning job with Puccini’s radiant score. Guerrero flicked his baton with fervor and authority, often flipping it far back behind his head before whipping it down to cue the timpani or, in quieter passages, dipping it gently in a precious harmonic moment. His spirit was enlivening.