The Houston Symphony today announced that they selected Colombian-born conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada as its music director. Orozco-Estrada makes history in Houston as he is the symphony's first Hispanic music director.
He will be the symphony's 16th music director and his five-year contract will begin with the 2014-15 season. He will will succeed Hans Graf in that position.
"As a conductor and musician this is one of the most important moments in my life," Orozco-Estrada said in a video made to announce his appointment. "It's an important decision because it gives the opportunity to expand my musical horizon."
Born in Medellin, Colombia, he began taking his musical career as a violinist and then began taking conducting classes in 1992. At age 19, speaking only Spanish, he moved to Vienna to study at the city's music academy.
According to the Houston Symphony's website, Orozco-Estrada is "a dynamic young conductor, intensely musical, technically consummate, and detailed in his preparation and rehearsals. In concert, he radiates on the podium and has a special talent for sharing his admiration of music with his audience. Off the podium, he is sincere, warm and approachable."
Watch below the video the Houston Symphony made to announce Orozco-Estrada as their first Hispanic music director.
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