Colombian American Lina González-Granados has distinguished herself nationally and internationally in symphonic and operatic repertoire. Her spirited interpretations of the orchestral repertoire and dedication to highlighting new and unknown works by Latin American composers have garnered international recognition, most recently as the recipient of the 2021 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, the Third Prize and ECHO Special Award at La Maestra Competition, and the 2020 and 2021 Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award.
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Ms. González-Granados won the Fourth Chicago Symphony Orchestra Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition, and became the new Solti Conducting Apprentice under the guidance of Riccardo Muti (February 2020–June 2022). She has served as conducting fellow of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Seattle Symphony.
Her 2021–22 season highlights include debuts with New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, and Dallas Opera. European debuts include the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony, Kristiansand Symphony, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Polish National Radio Symphony, Orquesta del Principado de Asturias, and Tenerife Symphony. Recent engagements include The Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, and Filarmónica de Medellín. She has worked with world-renowned artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Pinchas Zukerman, Giancarlo Guerrero, Zubin Mehta, Marin Alsop and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Ms. González-Granados is a fervent proponent for the inclusion and development of new works, especially music by Latin American composers. She is artistic director and founder of Unitas Ensemble, a chamber orchestra that performs works by Latinx composers and provides access to free community performances for underserved communities. Her work with Unitas has earned her numerous community awards, most recently from Spark Boston. She has commissioned multiple world, North American, and American premieres, as well as the creation and release of the Unitas Ensemble album Estaciones, recorded alongside the Latin Grammy–winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano.
Lina González-Granados made her conducting debut in 2008 with the Youth Orchestra of Bellas Artes in her Cali, Colombia. She holds a master’s degree in conducting, a graduate diploma in choral conducting from New England Conservatory, and a doctorate in orchestral conducting from Boston University. She studied with Charles Peltz and Erica Washburn, and her principal mentors include Marin Alsop, Bernard Haitink, Bramwell Tovey, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.