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Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Andrés Orozco-Estrada assumed the posts of chief conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and music director of the Houston Symphony in the 2014–15 season. In the 2020–21 season he adds to them that of principal conductor of the Vienna Symphony.

Mr. Orozco-Estrada regularly conducts many of Europe’s leading orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Orchestre national de France, as well as renowned American orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted acclaimed concert and opera performances at the Glyndebourne and Salzburg Festivals.

Highlights of his 2019–20 season include concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic at the BBC Proms and the Lucerne Festival as well as on tour to China, South Korea, and Japan. In the spring of 2020 he makes his New York Philharmonic debut and returns to the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He also leads a new production of Bizet’s Carmen, premiering in May at Dutch National Opera. With the Houston Symphony he presents a newly created two-week Schumann festival featuring the complete symphonies. In February he takes over three concerts with the Vienna Symphony — as music director designate — at the Musikverein.

Andrés Orozco-Estrada is particularly committed to new concert formats, including multimedia programs and concerts in which he introduces new audiences to well-known works of the repertoire, such as the Frankfurt Radio Symphony’s Spotlight concerts and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra family concerts.

Among his most recent releases is Eine Alpensym­phonie, part of his Richard Strauss cycle. His has recorded a Dvořák cycle with the Houston Symphony, as well as the complete symphonies of Brahms and Mendelssohn.

Born in Medellín, Colombia, Andrés Orozco-Estrada began his musical studies on the violin. At the age of 15 he received his first conducting lessons, and in 1997 he moved to Vienna to study at the University of Music and Performing Arts with Uroš Lajovic, himself a pupil of the legendary Hans Swarowsky.

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