Andrés Orozco-Estrada - Principal Guest Conductor

Andrés Orozco-Estrada is the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor.

Andrés Orozco-Estrada first worked with the Orchestra in November 2013, conducting a major tour of Germany. His impressive energy and musicianship, and the immediate rapport that formed between him and the players combined with such success that it led quickly to the announcement that he would take up the position of Principal Guest Conductor from September 2015.

'The new tone is set right from the start by the conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada. He plunges in with a lean, period-conscious performance that holds the dark and light aspects of this dramma giocosa in perfect balance. His tempos are never extreme, and he draws playing of cultivated buoyancy from the LPO, tightening the dramatic screw to produce a gripping climax.’ 

The Telegraph, June 2014 (Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne)

Born in Colombia and trained in Vienna, Andrés Orozco-Estrada is one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation. In 2014 he became Music Director of the Houston Symphony and Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Orozco-Estrada first came to international attention in 2004, when he took over a concert with the Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich at the Vienna Musikverein – celebrated by the Viennese press as a 'wonder from Vienna'. Numerous engagements with many international orchestras followed and since then Orozco-Estrada has developed a highly successful musical partnership with the Tonkünstler Orchestra, one of the most important institutions of traditional Austrian musical culture. From 2009–15 Orozco-Estrada was Music Director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra, and from 2009–13 Principal Conductor at the Basque National Orchestra.

Orozco-Estrada has worked with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg (NDR) and the Orchestre National de France. Following his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in autumn 2010, Orozco-Estrada was hailed 'a brilliant stand-in' (Wiener Zeitung) for Esa-Pekka Salonen and celebrated as an 'eminent talent' (Die Presse). In November 2012, Orozco-Estrada stepped in once again at short notice to replace Riccardo Muti with the Vienna Philharmonic in the Musikverein and proved to be a 'stand-in worth his weight in gold' (Kurier) and 'an inspired master of communication' (Standard). In 2014 he made his conducting debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Don Giovanni, after which he was immediately re-invited to conduct La traviata in 2017. In April 2017 he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Born in 1977 in Medellín (Colombia), Andrés Orozco-Estrada began his musical studies on the violin and had his first conducting lessons at the age of 15. In 1997, he moved to Vienna where he studied at the renowned Vienna Music Academy and completed his degree with distinction by conducting the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein. The emphasis of his artistic work lies in the Romantic repertoire and Viennese classics. At the same time, Orozco-Estrada shows a keen interest in contemporary music and regularly performs premieres of Austrian composers as well as compositions of Spanish and South American origin. Andrés currently lives in Vienna.