Having completed a highly successful first season as Signature Symphony at TCC’s Music Director, as well as Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Andrés Franco has established himself as a conductor to watch, and continues to delight audiences with his imaginative programming and energetic style.
During the 2016/2017 season, Mr. Franco will make debuts with both the Boise and Oklahoma City Philharmonics, and will return to conduct the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
A frequent guest conductor in the U.S., Europe and South America, Andrés Franco has appeared with the Elgin, El Paso, Eugene, Lake Forest, Mississippi, Springfield, and Stockton symphony orchestras, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León/Spain, the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, as well as with the National Symphony, Bogota Philharmonic, Medellin Philharmonic and EAFIT Symphony Orchestra in Colombia.
Festival appearances include the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the Wintergreen Music Festival in Virginia. Mr. Franco formerly served as Music Director of the Philharmonia of Kansas City, as Associate and Resident Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony, and as Leonard Slatkin’s Assistant Conductor during the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
A conductor with a wide range of musical interests, Andrés Franco is dedicated to preserving and performing the music of the Americas. As Principal Conductor of Caminos del Inka, he has led many performances of Latin American music by composers of our time, such as Jimmy López, Diego Luzuriaga, and the popular Argentine composer, Astor Piazzolla. He has also collaborated with artists such as The Canadian Tenors, Ben Folds, Ann Hampton Callaway, Chris Mann, Natalie Merchant, Byron Stripling, Rufus Wainwright and Wynonna.
Born into a musical family, Andrés Franco began piano studies with his father, Jorge Franco. An accomplished pianist, he studied with Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jose Feghali and attended piano workshops with Rudolph Buchbinder in Switzerland and Lev Naumov in France. He studied conducting with Marin Alsop, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Kurt Masur, Gustav Meier, Helmut Rilling, Gerard Schwarz and Leonard Slatkin.
Mr. Franco holds a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, as well as master of music degrees in Piano Performance and Conducting from Texas Christian University.
Andrés Franco is married to Victoria Luperi, Associate Principal Clarinetist in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.