Andrés Orozco-Estrada became chief conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra in the 2014–15 season. Tthe London Philharmonic Orchestra appointed him principal guest conductor in September 2015. He will become principal conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in 2021–22, following a season as the orchestra’s principal conductor designate.
Mr. Orozco-Estrada conducts many of the world’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 the renowned American orchestras in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Chicago. He has also conducted both concerts and opera performances at the Glyndebourne, Salzburg, and Styriarte festivals.
Highlights of his 2018–19 season include concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Mozartwoche Salzburg and a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto at Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden. He conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in his debut at the BBC Proms and works for the first time with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He returns to the Staatskapelle Dresden and to the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as guest conductor, and presents concert performances of Richard Strauss’s Elektra in Frankfurt and Dortmund with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony. In December he took over the traditional New Year’s concerts of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 as principal conductor designate of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He has also been invited to return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Committed to working with young musicians, Mr. Orozco-Estrada conducts a concert with the Karajan-Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. After leading a joint education project of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich with the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, he subsequently takes the orchestra on tour.
His releases with Pentatone have attracted considerable attention. With the Frankfurt Radio Symphony he has recorded Stravinsky’s Firebird and The Rite of Spring, and, more recently, An Alpine Symphony, part of his Richard Strauss cycle. He has recorded Dvořák’s final four symphonies with the Houston Symphony, and all those by Brahms and Mendelssohn.
Born in Medellín, Colombia, Andrés Orozco-Estrada began his musical studies on the violin. At 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. Mr. Orozco-Estrada currently lives in Vienna.