Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency
Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst has appointed Giancarlo Guerrero as Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency. Mr. Guerrero’s appointment is for three years, beginning in 2011-12 to the Residency’s sixth season, through the 2013-14 season.
“We are thrilled that Giancarlo is joining the Residency family,” said Musical Arts Association of Miami Chairman Daniel R. Lewis. “His appointment as our Principal Guest Conductor creates a framework to expand our reach and impact in the community. Together with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, this provides Miami-Dade with an unbeatable artistic team.”
Cleveland Orchestra Executive Director Gary Hanson said, “Giancarlo Guerrero is a visionary artistic leader who shares our passion for music and music education. His commitment to the Orchestra and to the Residency will help us achieve our goals of artistic excellence and meaningful community engagement.”
As Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency, Giancarlo Guerrero will program and conduct subscription concerts and special events, guide artistic planning for the Residency, participate in collaborations with Miami partner institutions, and plan education and community engagement programs.
In Miami for the announcement and for Cleveland Orchestra Residency concerts this week, Giancarlo Guerrero said, “It is an honor to be asked to make music with one of the finest orchestras on earth in this truly international city. We have a creative and exciting mission to reach further into this richly diverse community with programs that resonate.”
The new position of Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency will provide artistic leadership to expand the Orchestra’s relationships in the Miami-Dade community. Giancarlo Guerrero will guide the work of the Residency’s education and engagement programs, working closely with board of Musical Arts of Miami, the volunteer organization that guides the Miami Residency and raises the funds to support it.
Upcoming Residency plans include a collaborative project tracing the roots of music from Europe and Africa, through the Caribbean to the new world. Also being planned is a new youth and family orchestral program with Miami-based Tiempo Libre.
Giancarlo Guerrero has had a five-year conducting relationship with The Cleveland Orchestra. He made his debut with the Orchestra in May 2006 and was immediately re-engaged to conduct concerts in both Severance Hall and for Miami Residency performances at the Arsht Center. In July 2008, Mr. Guerrero led The Cleveland Orchestra in a free, outdoor, community concert in downtown Cleveland attended by more than 80,000 people. Additionally, he conducted at Blossom Music Center, the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra, in 2008 and 2009.