Giancarlo Guerrero appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon

11.16.17
Giancarlo Guerrero

The Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon has appointed Giancarlo Guerrero as its new Principal Guest Conductor. Guerrero will begin a three-year term in August 2018 and will conduct up to four weeks with the orchestra each season.

In June 2017, Guerrero was announced as the new Music Director of the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic for an initial term of three seasons. He will conduct four weeks in 2017/18 which will increase to eight weeks in the 2018/19 season plus touring and recording projects. The orchestra is based in the magnificent new hall at the National Forum of Music, Wroclaw.

Guerrero is also the Music Director of the Nashville Symphony, a post he has held since 2009 and to which he is committed through to the 2024/25 season. During his tenure Guerrero and the orchestra have made more than a dozen award winning recordings for Naxos, and have won eight Grammys.

The Gulbenkian Orchestra was formed in 1962 as part of the Gulbenkian Foundation, an organization established to foster knowledge and raise the quality of life of persons throughout the arts, charity, science and education. The orchestra performs at the Gulbenkian Grand Auditorium in Lisbon and throughout Portugal, as well as on tour in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. The orchestra has recorded for Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, Hyperion, Teldec, Erato, Naïve and Pentatone, and has been recognized with several prestigious international prizes. Guerrero joins the Orchestra as Principal Guest Conductor at the same time that French-Swiss conductor Lorenzo Viotti will take the helm as Principal Conductor and Music Director.

Guerrero’s appearance with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in February 2017 was praised by the Portuguese newspaper Expresso as, "magnificently performed by the orchestra, galvanized by the lively conducting of Giancarlo Guerrero in this well-timed comeback at Gulbenkian.... One thing is certain: an unforgettable concert."

Giancarlo Guerrero has commented on his appointment in Lisbon:

“Gulbenkian was the first orchestra I conducted in Europe so it has a special place in my heart. Returning as Principal Guest Conductor feels a bit like coming home. There was wonderful chemistry with the musicians from the very first concert I performed with them more than a decade ago, and they have been so welcoming every time I have returned. They took a chance on me as a young conductor and I remain grateful for that.

I have also fallen in love with Lisbon and the Gulbenkian Foundation, a cultural cornerstone of the city which is constantly forging connections beyond its own walls and into the community. The same can be said about the virtuosic and deeply committed members of the orchestra who are true ambassadors for the institution.”

Risto Nieminen, director of the Music department of the Gulbenkian Foundation, says:

"In Lisbon Giancarlo Guerrero is greatly loved by the orchestra as well as the audience. He transmits musical energy that is contagious and creates extraordinary concerts. At home with a wide variety of repertoire, I am sure Giancarlo will take us on many enlightening musical journeys."

Guerrero’s guest conducting engagements takes him to orchestra including the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, DSO Berlin, Frankfurter Museums-Gesellschaft, NDR Hannover, Deutsche Radio Philarmonie, Brussels Philharmonic, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Sinfónica de Galicia, and the Sydney Symphony.