Andrés Orozco-Estrada, born in Colombia and trained in Vienna, is one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation. He is currently Music Director of the Houston Symphony and Chief Conductor of theFrankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as Principal Guest Conductor with the London Philharmonic 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 the beginning of the 2009/10 season until the summer of 2015, Orozco-Estrada was the Music Director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra. Between 2009 and 2013 Orozco-Estrada was also Principal Conductor at the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi (Basque National Orchestra). He has already worked with some of the world’s leading orchestras including theVienna 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 theOrchestre National de France.
Following his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in autumn 2010, Orozco-Estrada was hailed 'a brilliant stand-in' (Wiener Zeitung) forEsa-Pekka Salonen and celebrated as an 'eminent talent' (Die Presse). In November 2012, Orozco-Estrada stepped in once again at short notice to replaceRiccardo 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). During the 13/14 season he has made debuts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and St Louis Symphony Orchestra and also made his conducting debut at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera with a production of Don Giovanni. Highlights of the 14/15 season included his return to the Orchestra National de France, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Rome and the Vienna Philharmonic, as well asdébut performances with thePittsburgh Symphony Orchestra , Royal Concertgebouw and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras.
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.
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