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Giancarlo Guerrero Leads Inaugural Season of NYO2

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute is happy to announce that Giancarlo Guerrero—music director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra's Miami residency—will conduct NYO2 in its first season. Born in Nicaragua and raised in Costa Rica, where he studied percussion, Mr. Guerrero has been sought after as a guest conductor by most of the major American orchestras and has an active career in Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia. Mr. Guerrero has led the Nashville Symphony Orchestra to several Grammy Award wins in recent years, including for best orchestral performance in 2011.

He offers his thoughts on leading NYO2 next summer:

“I am looking forward to working with the students of NYO2 this summer! I am always eager to work with student orchestras because it brings back great memories of my own musical upbringing. While growing up in Costa Rica, I was very fortunate to play in many ensembles, which then continued through my college years in the United States. These early experiences shaped my dreams of one day becoming a professional musician, and I was greatly influenced by all the teachers and mentors along the way. I have to admit that I miss playing in orchestra, with its camaraderie, friendships, and playing alongside other talented musicians. Conducting can be a very lonely profession at times!

Our art form depends on transmitting the musical traditions from one generation to the next. It is imperative that we keep passing our musical knowledge on to the younger players, in the same way that our teachers did for us. These young musicians will have the invaluable mentorship and guidance of musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra. I am personally excited to witness how human and musical ideas are transferred during these two weeks of intense rehearsals, sectionals, and private lessons. We will all be united by our common love of music.

I know that the NYO2 project will be a life-changing experience for many of these young students, and I am honored to be a part of it!”

As a central part of NYO2, participants will have the opportunity to work closely with select members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, thanks to a new partnership formed between Carnegie Hall and the orchestra, an organization with its own deep commitment to education and artist training. NYO2's 2016 season will culminate with the young musicians performing in an exciting side-by-side performance with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Visit carnegiehall.org/nyo2 for more information or to apply by December 18.