Giancarlo Guerrero

Giancarlo Guerrero is a Costa Rican, Nicaraguan-born, US-based music director. He is the music director of the Nashville Symphony in Nashville, Tennessee. Guerrero is also Music Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Poland and Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal. He was formerly the associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and the music director of the Eugene Symphony. He has won six Grammy Awards.

Giancarlo Guerrero
NationalityCosta Rican
EducationBaylor University
Northwestern University
Spouse(s)Shirley Guerrero[1]
Children2 daughters

Early lifeEdit

Guerrero was born in Managua, Nicaragua.[2] He emigrated to Costa Rica,[3] where he joined the Costa Rica Youth Symphony and the Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra.[2] He graduated from Baylor University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1991, and he earned a master's degree from Northwestern University.[2][4]


Guerrero was music director of the Táchira Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.[2] From 1999 to 2004, he was the associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra,[5] where he made his subscription debut in March 2000 leading the world premiere of John Corigliano's Phantasmagoria on the Ghosts of Versailles. He was the music director of the Eugene Symphony from 2001 to 2008.[5] He became the seventh music director of the Nashville Symphony at the beginning of its 2009-2010 season.[6] He is also the principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon.[7] He is the Music Director of the Wroclaw Philharmonic at the National Forum of Music.[8] From 2011 to 2016, he was the principal guest conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency.[9]

An advocate of new music and contemporary composers, Guerrero has collaborated with and championed the works of American composers, including John Adams, John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Roberto Sierra,[5] Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Jay Kernis, Michael Daugherty, and Roberto Sierra. His first recording with the Nashville Symphony, on Naxos, of Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony and Deux Ex Machina, won three 2011 Grammy Awards, including the category of Best Orchestral Performance.[10] In 2018, Guerrero won his sixth GRAMMY Award for a recording of music by Jennifer Higdon.[11]

Guerrero has appeared with major North American orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC;[12] as well as at several major summer festivals, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Festival, and Indiana University summer orchestra festival. He has worked with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), in Brazil, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony in Australia.[12] Guerrero conducted new productions of Carmen, La Bohème and Rigoletto for the Costa Rican Lyric Opera. In February 2008, he conducted Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar at the Adelaide Festival.[12]

In June 2004, Guerrero was awarded the Helen M. Thompson Award by the American Symphony Orchestra League, which recognizes outstanding achievement among young conductors nationwide.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Guerrero resides in Brentwood, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville, with his wife, Shirley, and their two daughters.[3][13]


Giancarlo Guerrero has won six Grammy Awards in his career:


  1. ^ Klingbajl, Natalia. "NFM National Forum of Music". Retrieved October 1, 2019. External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d Goodrich, Terry (February 13, 2017). "Baylor Music Grad Giancarlo Guerrero Wins Multiple Grammy Awards". Baylor University. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Burch, Bonnie (September 24, 2008). "Meet and greet Nashville Symphony's new maestro. Guerrero throws support behind his new hometown library". The Tennessean. p. U9. Retrieved February 3, 2019 – via
  4. ^ "Bienen School faculty, alumnus win Grammy Awards". Bienen School of Music. Northwestern University. January 29, 2018. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Reichel, Edward (March 2, 2010). "Guerrero to substitute for ill conductor". Deseret News. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  6. ^ Kevin Shihoten (7 September 2007). "Nashville Symphony Appoints Music Director". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  7. ^ "Giancarlo Guerrero appointed principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra". The Tennessean. November 16, 2017.
  8. ^ NFM website (in Polish)
  9. ^ Cleveland Orchestra Miami website
  10. ^ "53rd Annual GRAMMY Winners Announced: Daugherty wins three". Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  11. ^ "Costa Rican Giancarlo Guerrero Wins 2 Grammy awards | The Costa Rican Times". January 29, 2018.
  12. ^ a b c "Giancarlo Guerrero". Nashville Symphony. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  13. ^ "New conductor is country fan". The Tennessean. January 22, 2008. p. A3. Retrieved February 3, 2019 – via

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