Giancarlo Guerrero

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Giancarlo Guerrero
NationalityCosta Rican

Giancarlo Guerrero, a native of Nicaragua, raised in Costa Rica is the Music Director of the Wroclaw Philharmonic at the National Forum of Music[1]. He became the seventh music director of the Nashville Symphony at the beginning of its 2009-2010 season.[2] He is also the principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. [3] From 2011 to 2016, he was the principal guest conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency.[4]

Biography and career[edit]

An advocate of new music and contemporary composers, Guerrero has collaborated with and championed the works of American composers, including John Adams, John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Jay Kernis, Michael Daugherty, and Roberto Sierra. His first recording with the Nashville Symphony, on Naxos, of Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony and Deux Ex Machina, won three 2011 Grammy Awards, including the category of Best Orchestral Performance[5]. In 2018, Guerrero won his sixth GRAMMY Award for a recording of music by Jennifer Higdon.[6]

In recent seasons he has appeared with major North American orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC; as well as at several major summer festivals, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Festival, and Indiana University summer orchestra festival. 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 worked regularly with the Costa Rican Lyric Opera and has conducted new productions of Carmen, La Bohème and Rigoletto. In February 2008, he gave the Australian premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s one-act opera Ainadamar at the Adelaide Festival.

In June 2004, Guerrero was awarded the Helen M. Thompson Award by the American Symphony Orchestra League, which recognizes outstanding achievement among young conductors nationwide.

Guerrero holds degrees from Baylor University and Northwestern. He was formerly the music director of the Eugene Symphony (2001–2008); associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra (1999–2004), where he made his subscription debut in March 2000 leading the world premiere of John Corigliano’s Phantasmagoria on the Ghosts of Versailles; and music director of the Táchira Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.

Guerrero was born in Nicaragua and immigrated during his childhood to Costa Rica, where he joined the local youth symphony. 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 has won six Grammy Awards in his career:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NFM website (in Polish)
  2. ^ Kevin Shihoten (7 September 2007). "Nashville Symphony Appoints Music Director". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  3. ^ "Giancarlo Guerrero appointed principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra". The Tennessean. November 16, 2017.
  4. ^ Cleveland Orchestra Miami website
  5. ^ "53rd Annual GRAMMY Winners Announced: Daugherty wins three". Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  6. ^ "Costa Rican Giancarlo Guerrero Wins 2 Grammy awards | The Costa Rican Times". January 29, 2018.

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