Medal of Service for Contributions to the Professions
Awarded to individuals for dedication to advancing their chosen fields and making a significant impact in our world.
Giancarlo Guerrero, (BM '91) is a six-time GRAMMY Award-winning conductor, music director of the Nashville Symphony and NFM Wrocław Philharmonic and principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in LisbonMaestro Giancarlo Guerrero, now in his 13th season as music director of the Nashville Symphony and fifth year as music director of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, is a champion of American contemporary composers. He has presented 11 world premieres, made 15 recordings of American music with the Nashville Symphony and guided the creation of Nashville Symphony’s Composer Lab & Workshop for young and emerging composers.
Guerrero is a frequent guest conductor with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Seattle and Toronto Symphonies and the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as with prominent orchestras around the world. He has held posts as the principal guest conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency, music director of the Eugene Symphony and associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.
Born in Nicaragua, Guerrero immigrated during his childhood to Costa Rica, where he joined the local youth symphony. Given his beginnings in civic youth orchestras, Guerrero is particularly engaged with conducting training orchestras and has worked with the Curtis School of Music, Colburn School in Los Angeles, National Youth Orchestra (NYO2) and Yale Philharmonia as well as with the Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando program, which provides an intensive music education to promising young students from diverse ethnic backgrounds.