Giancarlo Guerrero is the Music Director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. A natural and instinctive musician, Guerrero is a warm and generous personality on stage. He is a strong advocate of new contemporary music and has championed the works of several of America’s most respected composers. He has led the Nashville Symphony to several Grammy wins in recent years, including in 2016 for his recording of works by Stephen Paulus.
“Giancarlo Guerrero excels at large-scale orchestral showpieces, and he was clearly in his element with this massive 50-minute work (The Planets). The slow, relentless buildup to a full crescendo in Mars was masterfully achieved, the climaxes delivered with brutal force.
Guerrero and the orchestra brought Holst's instrumental colors vividly to life, the transparent variety of dynamics wonderfully clear.”
In the 2016/17 season, Guerrero will return to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Brussels Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra Copenhagen Philharmonic, and work with the Frankfurter Opern- and Museumsorchester, Orchestre National de France, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his outstanding work in Nashville where he has transformed the orchestra during the course of his tenure, Guerrero has a strong guest conducting profile in North America and returns regularly to orchestras such as Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony in Washington, DC, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In Europe, Guerrero has worked with great success with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Tonkünstler Orchester, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Netherlands Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Guerrero has performed and recorded the works of several of America’s most respected composers, including John Adams, John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra, and Richard Danielpour. Together with the Nashville Symphony, he has made recordings of music by Richard Danielpour and Roberto Sierra for the American Classics serious on Naxos, along with Bela Fleck’s Banjo Concerto for Deutsche Gramophon.
An advocate for young musicians and music education, Mr. Guerrero returns annually to Venezuela to conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar and to work with young musicians in the country’s lauded El Sistema music programme. He is also a welcome guest conductor with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra.
Early in his career, Guerrero worked regularly with the Costa Rican Lyric Opera and in recent seasons has conducted new productions of Carmen, La bohème and Rigoletto. Future plans include productions at the Houston Grand Opera and Marseille Opera. In February 2008, he gave the Australian premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s one-act opera Ainadamar at the Adelaide Festival.
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Orchestre National de France
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg
Polish national Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Boston Symphony Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Much of the credit belongs to conductor Giancarlo Guerrero… who brings to the podium not only vitality and insight but also an appealing physical dynamism.
With Guerrero, it wasn’t just the usual emotion and gusto that impressed. No, the performances… also boasted such Classical virtues as restraint, cohesion and clarity.
Guerrero and the NSO concluded with the composer’s Symphony No. 2, a sprawling, plush carpet of a piece that boasts some of Rachmaninoff’s most memorable melodies. The strings were utterly ravishing, especially in the lustrous third-movement adagio. English horn, clarinet and French horn solos were also beautifully burnished.
The orchestra did a stunning job with Puccini’s radiant score. Guerrero flicked his baton with fervor and authority, often flipping it far back behind his head before whipping it down to cue the timpani or, in quieter passages, dipping it gently in a precious harmonic moment. His spirit was enlivening.