Andres Orozco-Estrada

Andrés Orozco-Estrada began his tenure as Music Director of the Houston Symphony in the 2014-2015 Season, and he immediately established a dynamic presence on the podium and a deep connection with musicians and audiences. Orozco-Estrada carefully curates his programs to feature engaging combinations of classical masterworks paired with the music of today, significant artistic collaborations with contemporary composers and guest artists, and innovative use of multimedia and visual effects, all in order to make meaningful connections with the audience. A natural communicator, Orozco-Estrada engages in direct conversation about music with the audience. In addition to his post in Houston, Orozco-Estrada is chief conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Orozco-Estrada burst onto the international scene with two substitutions with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The first substitution was his debut in 2010, standing in for Esa-Pekka Salonen; the second was in 2012, stepping in for Riccardo Muti at the Musikverein in Vienna. Orozco-Estrada now appears with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestras, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, and the Orchestre National de France. Recent successful debuts have included the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, and the Israel Philharmonic. In the summer of 2014, he also made his debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera conducting Don Giovanni and was immediately re-invited to conduct La Traviata in 2017. In May 2017, he will make his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in Medellin, Colombia, Orozco-Estrada began his musical studies on the violin, and started conducting at age 15. At 19, he entered the Vienna Music Academy, where he studied with Uroš Lajovic (pupil of the legendary Hans Swarowsky), and he went on to complete his degree with distinction conducting the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein. photo: Anthony Ratbun
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