Giancarlo Guerrero ’92 MMus, a six-time Grammy Award-winning conductor, will present the Bienen School of Music’s 2021 convocation address virtually.
Guerrero is music director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and NFM Wrocław Philharmonic and Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. Through commissions, recordings, and world premieres, he has championed the works of prominent American composers, presenting 11 world premieres and 15 recordings of American music with the Nashville Symphony. As part of his commitment to fostering contemporary music, Guerrero, together with composer Aaron Jay Kernis, guided the creation of Nashville Symphony’s biannual Composer Lab & Workshop for young and emerging composers.
Maestro Guerrero has appeared with prominent North American orchestras, including those of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Montréal, Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Internationally he has worked in recent seasons with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, Deutsches Radio Philharmonie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Netherlands Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, NDR in Hannover, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Queensland Symphony and Sydney Symphony in Australia.
In the summer of 2020, though live concerts were largely canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Naxos released three new recordings by Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony. In the fall of 2020, and spring of 2021, Guerrero returns to Europe to perform Beethoven with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and lead the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic in eight different programs, including a recording session with the orchestra and violinist Bomsori Kim.
The Bienen School of Music’s Convocation will be held Sunday, June 13, at 5:00 p.m. in Ryan Fieldhouse. The event will be live streamed.