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Andrés Orozco-Estrada

  • Music Director – Houston Symphony
  • Music Director – Frankfurt Radio Symphony
  • Principal Guest Conductor – London Philharmonic

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, born in Colombia and trained in Vienna, is one of the most sought after conductors of his generation. In September 2014, he took up the positions of Music Director of the Houston Symphony and Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. From the 2015/16 season, he also takes up the position of Principal Guest Conductor of 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, and was 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, serving as Music Director from the 2009/10 season until 2015. Between 2009 and 2013, Orozco-Estrada was also Principal Conductor of 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, and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestras, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, Norddeutscher Rundfunk Orchester in Hamburg (NDR), and the Orchestre National de France. Following his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic 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, proving to be a “stand-in worth his weight in gold” (Kurier) and “an inspired master of communication” (Standard).

During the 2013/14 season, he made debuts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and St Louis Symphony orchestras and also made his conducting debut at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera with a production of Don Giovanni. Highlights of the 2014/15 season included returns to the Orchestre National de France, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic as well as debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras. 2015/16 season will see Estrada making his debuts with the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras and a return to the Gothenburg Symphony following a highly successful debut in 2014.
Born in 1977 in Medellín (Colombia), 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, completing his degree with distinction by conducting the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein. While 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 new compositions of Spanish and South American origin. Orozco-Estrada currently lives in Vienna.