Dr. Germán Augusto Gutiérrez has served as Director of Orchestras and Associate Professor of Orchestral Studies at Fort Worth’s Texas Christian University (TCU) as well as Director of TCU’s Latin American Music Center and biennial Latin American Music Festival since 1996. Since 2000, Maestro Gutiérrez has also served as Music Director of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth (YOGFW). Under his baton, the TCU Symphony and the YOGFW have achieved exceptional levels of recognition in Fort Worth and abroad. Both groups have traveled on numerous international tours, obtaining enthusiastic reviews. With the TCU Symphony, Maestro Gutiérrez has also conducted the world premieres of more than twelve contemporary works.
Maestro Gutiérrez is also a frequent guest conductor of professional orchestras in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania. He holds Músico Bachiller and Maestro en Música degrees from the Tolima Conservatory in Colombia. He also received a master’s degree from Illinois State University and a doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado. For his involvement and dedication to TCU, Maestro Gutiérrez received the Dean’s Teaching Award, the Dean’s Award for Research and Creative Activity, and the 2003 Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity, the highest award that the university bestows.