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Giancarlo Guerrero is a six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor, and Music Director of the Nashville Symphony and NFM Wrocław Philharmonic. 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 has championed the works of prominent American composers, presenting eleven world premieres and fifteen recordings of American music with the Nashville Symphony, including works by Michael Daugherty, Terry Riley and Jonathan Leshnoff.
As part of his commitment to fostering contemporary music, Guerrero, together with composer Aaron Jay Kernis, guided the creation of Nashville Symphony’s biannual Composer Lab & Workshop for young and emerging composers.
In the 2022-23 season, Guerrero returns to lead the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Deutches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Opern- und Museumsorchester and Queensland Symphony.
The 2021-22 season saw Guerrero’s critically acclaimed debuts with the New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony and a return to conduct the Chicago Symphony in addition to performances in Nashville, Wrocław, Lisbon and Bilbao. Though live concerts in the 2020-21 season were largely canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Guerrero performed in virtual concerts with the Houston and Boston Symphonies. He also led the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic in a recording with violinist Bomsori Kim. Their Billboard chart-topping album Bomsori: Violin on Stage was released on Deutsche Grammophon in June 2021.
Other recent additions to Guerrero’s discography include the GRAMMY® nominated recording of John Adams: My Father Knew Charles Ives & Harmonielehre with the Nashville Symphony on Naxos, and a recording of Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and the Academic Festival Overture released on NFM Wrocław’s own label.
Maestro Guerrero has also appeared with prominent North American orchestras, including those of Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Montréal, Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Internationally he has worked in recent seasons with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Netherlands Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Brussels Philharmonic, Deutsches Radio Philharmonie and Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, as well as the Sydney Symphony in Australia. Guerrero was honored as the keynote speaker at the 2019 League of American Orchestras conference.
Guerrero previously held posts as the Principal Guest Conductor of both The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency and the Gulbenkian Symphony in Lisbon, Music Director of the Eugene Symphony, and Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.
Born in Nicaragua, Guerrero immigrated during his childhood to Costa Rica, where he joined the local youth symphony. He studied percussion and conducting at Baylor University in Texas and earned his master’s degree in conducting at Northwestern. Given his beginnings in civic youth orchestras, Guerrero is particularly engaged with conducting training orchestras and has worked with the Curtis School of Music, Colburn School in Los Angeles, National Youth Orchestra (NYO2) and Yale Philharmonia, as well as with the Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando program, which provides an intensive music education to promising young students from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
Born in Tokyo and beginning her musical career in Montréal and New York, violinist Karen Gomyo now makes her home in Berlin. A musician of the highest calibre, the Chicago Tribune praised her as "…a first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity".
For the 2022/23 season Karen will make her debut with Pittsburgh Symphony performing the US Premiere of Moussa’s Violin Concerto ‘Adrano’. Other notable debuts include Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, New World Symphony and Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal. Karen returns to the Bamberger Symphoniker for a concert in the Isarphilharmonie Munich, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and will also take part in the Seattle Chamber Music Festival as well as trio concerts in Germany with pianist Kiveli Doerkin and cellist Julian Steckel.
The 2021/22 season saw Karen make her critically acclaimed New York Philharmonic subscription debut and a string of major European debuts including Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with Mikko Franck, Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia with Semyon Bychkov and Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España with David Afkham. Karen also returned to Czech Philharmonic, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Bamberger Symphoniker, and the Toronto and Detroit symphony orchestras, as well as Los Angeles Philharmonic performing at the Hollywood Bowl under Gustavo Dudamel.
In Europe Karen has worked with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Dresdner Philharmoniker, Polish National Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Further afield her popularity in Australasia continued over the last few seasons as she toured with New Zealand Symphony and appeared with West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Perth, Tasmanian Symphony and in recital at the Sydney Opera House.
Already well established in North America Karen has performed with Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Dallas, Cincinnati, Montréal, Vancouver, St. Louis, and Washington D.C.
Strongly committed to contemporary works, Karen gave the North American premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Concerto No. 2 ‘Mar'eh’ in 2015 with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington under the baton of the composer. In May 2018 she performed the world premiere of Samuel
Adams’ new Chamber Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen to great critical acclaim. The work was written
specifically for Karen and commissioned by the CSO’s ‘Music Now’ series for their 20th anniversary.
Karen has had the pleasure of working with such conductors as, Sir Andrew Davis, Cristian Măcelaru, David Robertson, David Zinman, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Hannu Lintu, Pietari Inkinen, Jaap van Zweden, Jakub Hrusa, Dima Slobodeniouk, James Gaffigan, Karina Canellakis, Leonard Slatkin,
Louis Langrée, Mark Wigglesworth, Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla, Neeme Järvi, Pinchas Zukerman, Thomas Dausgaard, Thomas Søndergård, Vasily Petrenko and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
She is a champion of the Nuevo Tango music of Astor Piazzolla having regularly collaborated with Piazzolla’s long-time pianist and tango legend Pablo Ziegler, as well as with bandoneon players Hector de Curto and JP Jofre. In 2021 Karen released ‘A Piazzolla Triology’ on BIS Records, recorded with the Strings of Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and guitarist Stephanie Jones. It follows Karen’s first project with BIS, a collection of works by Paganini and his baroque predecessors recorded with guitarist Ismo Eskelinen, released in 2019.
A passionate chamber musician, Karen has also collaborated with Kathryn Stott, Leif Ove Andsnes, James Ehnes, Antoine Tamestit, Emmanuel Pahud, Lawrence Power, Christian Poltéra, Alisa Weilerstein, Tine Thing Helseth, Lars Anders Tomter, Eric le Sage, Daishin Kashimoto, Paul Meyer, and the late Heinrich Schiff. She gave a three-week tour of Australia with Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and has also joined Jeremy Denk at his Milton Court/Barbican residency in London. She has also been a regular at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.
Karen participated as violinist, host, and narrator in a documentary film produced by NHK Japan about Antonio Stradivarius called The Mysteries of the Supreme Violin, which was broadcast worldwide on NHK WORLD.
Violin Concerto No. 1, in G minor, op. 26
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Symphony No. 1, in D major
Mahler is one of the composers Giancarlo Guerrero feels closest to, and the maestro declared in an interview his natural attraction for a work that “touches on many natural and earthly themes”, and in which he also finds much of the composer’s personal universe: “desires, dreams and even frustrations from his life that are interwoven in a special way” in the music. After all, Mahler said: “a symphony must be like the world – it must contain everything”. Added to this special relationship is the vitality and brilliance of violinist Karen Gomyo, who will play Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in the first part.
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