Biography

Conductor

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. A recognized champion of the works of American composers, he has presented eleven world premieres and made fifteen recordings of American music with the Nashville Symphony, including works by Michael Daugherty, Aaron Jay Kernis, Terry Riley, and the 2021 Grammy Award-winning Symphony No. 5 by Christopher Rouse. Bomsori: Violin on Stage, the Billboard chart-topping album Mr. Guerrero recorded with Bomsori and the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, was released in June 2021 on Deutsche Grammophon.

Mr. Guerrero is a frequent guest conductor with North American orchestras including the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Seattle, and Toronto symphonies and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He spent a decade conducting the Cleveland Orchestra and held the post of principal guest conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency. He has also served as music director of the Eugene Symphony and associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition to his posts in Wrocław and Lisbon, Mr. Guerrero maintains relationships with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, as well as with the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland and Adelaide symphonies in Australia. He makes his debut with the San Francisco Symphony with these concerts, having previously appeared in the Great Performers Series with the Russian National Orchestra in 2013.

Born in Nicaragua, Mr. 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 University. He is particularly engaged with training orchestras and has worked with the Curtis Institute, Colburn School, National Youth Orchestra (NYO2), and Yale Philharmonia, as well as with the Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando program.