London Philharmonic Orchestra appoints Andrés Orozco-Estrada as new Principal Guest Conductor
- Published: Wednesday, 15 January 2014 13:30
The London Philharmonic Orchestra today announced the appointment of Andrés Orozco-Estrada as its new Principal Guest Conductor, effective from September 2015. He becomes Principal Guest Conductor Designate when the tenure of Canadian Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who has been in the role since 2008, closes at the end of the current season.
Colombian-born Orozco-Estrada first worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra just two months ago, 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 today's announcement.
He makes his Royal Festival Hall debut with the Orchestra later this month conducting Kodály's Dances of Galánta, Grieg's Piano Concerto and Dvorák's Symphony No. 7 (29 January). In June, he makes his Glyndebourne debut with Mozart's Don Giovanni.
Thirty-six-year-old Orozco-Estrada already holds positions as Music Director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra, Music Director Designate of Houston Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Designate of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. For the 2014/15 season, he will become Music Director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2015/16 he will make his official debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra after he made a last-minute stand-in for Esa-Pekka Salonen with just one rehearsal and another in 2012 for Riccardo Muti where he was described as a 'stand-in worth his weight in gold' (Kurier) and 'an inspired master of communication' (Der Standard).
Timothy Walker, Chief Executive of the LPO says:
'When I first heard Andrés conduct in February 2011 I was immediately struck by his remarkable energy, electrifying conducting, and sheer ability to radiate the joy of music making to both the orchestra and audience. I have continued to watch and be impressed by him ever since and was delighted that things went so well in Germany. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership in the future.
I would like to take this opportunity to say how much we have enjoyed working with Yannick Nézet-Séguin in this role and look forward to the many planned concerts with him in the coming years.'
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Principal Guest Conductor Designate, says:
'To be appointed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra as its Principal Guest Conductor makes me immensely proud. The LPO is a superb orchestra and combines its long tradition with many forward-looking projects. On our recent tour to Germany we felt an immediate connection and I look forward to working with the Orchestra regularly in the seasons ahead and also at Glyndebourne this summer in Don Giovanni.'
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. Since the beginning of the 2009/10 season, Orozco-Estrada has been the Music Director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra, a position that he will relinquish in the summer of 2015. This Orchestra holds subscription series at the Vienna Musikverein and is Orchestra-in-Residence at the Grafenegg Festival. Between 2009 and 2013 Orozco-Estrada was also Principal Conductor at the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi (Basque National Orchestra).
Orozco-Estrada has already worked with some of the world's leading orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, Radio Symphony Orchestras of Frankfurt (hr) and Hamburg (NDR) and the Orchestre National de France. During the last few months he has made highly successful debuts with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic and La Scala Philharmonic Orchestras. 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' (Der Standard). Highlights of the current and coming seasons include debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, St Louis Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras. He will also be making his debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the summer of 2014 conducting Don Giovanni.
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 joined the conducting class of Uroš Lajovic, pupil of the legendary Hans Swarowsky, 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. Orozco-Estrada currently lives in Vienna.
Andrés is represented by IMG Artists.