Giancarlo Guerrero is the Music Director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami Residency. Maestro Guerrero has led the Nashville Symphony to several Grammy wins in recent years, including in the category of Best Orchestral Performance in 2011 and for Best Classical Compendium in 2016.
In the 2015-16 season, Mr. Guerrero makes debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Copenhagen Philharmonic, NDR Hanover, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, and Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. He returns to the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Detroit, and Indianapolis, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, and to the Eugene Symphony (where he was formerly Music Director) in celebration of the orchestra’s 50th anniversary. For many years he has maintained a close association with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, and will spend three weeks with the orchestra this summer.
Last season, Giancarlo Guerrero made his debut with the Houston Grand Opera conducting Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and made European debuts with the Orchestre National de France, the Netherlands Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, and Tonkünstler Orchester.
Mr. Guerrero has appeared with many of the prominent North American orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among others. He is also known to audiences of major summer festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles) and Blossom Music Festival (Cleveland).
He has developed an active and visible profile in Europe and has worked with great success in recent seasons with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, DSO-Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.
An advocate of new music and contemporary composers, Mr. Guerrero has collaborated with and championed the works of several of America’s most respected composers, including John Adams, John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra, and Richard Danielpour. His recordings with the Nashville Symphony include releases of music by Danielpour and Sierra on the Naxos label, and Bela Fleck’s Banjo Concerto on Deutsche Grammophone. Mr. Guerrero, together with composer Aaron Jay Kernis, recently developed and guided the creation of Nashville Symphony’s Composer Lab & Workshop initiative to further foster and promote new American orchestral music.
Early in his career, Guerrero worked regularly with the Costa Rican Lyric Opera and in recent seasons 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 served as Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1999-2004 and was Music Director of the Eugene Symphony in Oregon from 2002-2009.
“The capacity crowd showed delight at the triple treat: a delightful new work, a masterful soloist, and an authoritative conductor…[In El Salon Mexico], Guerrero negotiated its metrical thickets with ease and assurance, encouraging the orchestra to play brightly, with maximum color and humor…Guerrero led [Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4] with confidence and flair and received a cheering ovation.” – Seen and Heard International
“Guerrero led a performance of theatrical grandeur, with sensitive playing from all sections of the orchestra, from the opening brass fanfares to the blazing conclusion. Although Guerrero emphasized the dramatic, there were plenty of moments of repose in which the orchestra was barely audible.” – Bachtrack
“Thanksgiving weekend at Severance Hall was a lot like the holiday itself: a chance to reconnect and to forge new bonds.
With the Cleveland Orchestra, guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero reminded listeners Friday why Tchaikovsky remains in permanent rotation, brought back a Copland classic, and supported organist Paul Jacobs in a stunning modern concerto. In short, as musical meals go, the orchestra’s post-Thanksgiving feast hardly could have been heartier or more diverse. Guerrero, music director of the Nashville Symphony, is a pillar of the Cleveland Orchestra Family, a relative rarely far removed and always welcome.
Not so many years after the composer himself conducted the work here, Guerrero Friday put his own spin on [Copland’s ‘El Salon Mexico’], paying keen attention to detail and savoring its roots in dance. In this, he enjoyed the full cooperation of the percussion and brass sections, as well as string sections fully in the spirit.
The reunion element of the program was with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, and with Guerrero as the host, it did not disappoint…performance from memory was a delight across the spectrum. Abundant lyricism and insightful phrasing made for a memorable Andantino, and the Scherzo in Guerrero’s hands was at once charming and hard-hitting. But it was the Finale, predictably, that shone brightest. Between its adept handling of Guerrero’s bold tempo and a striking level of dynamic contrast, the orchestra had a guaranteed winner on its hands, and succeeded once again in sending listeners home with much for which to be thankful.” – Cleveland.com