Giancarlo Guerrero is a six-time Grammy Award–winning conductor, now in his thirteenth season as music director of the Nashville Symphony and fifth as music director of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic. He also serves as principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. Through commissions, recordings, and premieres, he champions works by American composers in the United States and around the world. He has presented 11 world premieres and made 15 recordings of American music with the Nashville Symphony, including works by Michael Daugherty, Aaron Jay Kernis, Terry Riley, and the 2021 Grammy-winning release of Rouse’s Symphony No. 5. Deutsche Grammophon released Bomsori: Violin on Stage — the Billboard chart–topping album he recorded with Bomsori Kim and the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic — in June 2021. He is a frequent guest with North American orchestras, including The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras and the Boston, Chicago, Seattle, and Toronto symphony orchestras. He will make his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2022.
Mr. Guerrero previously served as principal guest conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency, music director of the Eugene Symphony, and associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition to his posts in Wrocław and Lisbon, he maintains relationships with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, and Adelaide symphony orchestras in Australia.
Born in Nicaragua, Giancarlo 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, Mr. Guerrero is particularly engaged in 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.