Recently named Music Director of Tulsa’s Signature Symphony at TCC and Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Andrés Franco has established himself as a conductor to watch. Currently in his fifth season as Principal Conductor of Caminos del Inka and his third season as Artistic Director of Concerts in the Garden, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Festival, he received a rave review for his recent subscription concert with the FWSO from Scott Cantrell in The Dallas Morning News: “Franco got performances that were incisive, expressive, and, indeed, eloquent.” Among Mr. Franco’s 2014/15 highlights are subscription debuts with the Columbus and Fort Worth symphony orchestras, as well as return engagements with the Houston, Saint Louis, and Corpus Christi symphonies.
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. He has also been a guest conductor at the Oregon Bach Festival and the Wintergreen Music Festival in Virginia.Mr. Franco formerly served as Music Director of the Philharmonia of Kansas City (2004-2010), as Associate and Resident Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (2009-2014), and as Leonard Slatkin’s Assistant Conductor during the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2013).
A native of Colombia, 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.
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 lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife Victoria Luperi, Principal Clarinetist in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
For more information please visit www.andres-franco.com