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Andrés Orozco-Estrada, who was born in 1977 in Medellín, Colombia, initially learned to play the violin before taking his first lessons in conducting at the age of 15. In 1997 he moved to Vienna to continue his studies, where he completed Uroš Lajovic’s conducting class at the Uni-versity of Music and Performing Arts. His first leadership positions were as Music Director of Oper Kloster-neuburg and Chief Conductor of the “recreation” – Grosses Orchester Graz,
as well as with the Tonkünstler-Or-chester in Lower Austria, which he helmed from 2009 to 2015. Since 2014, Orozco-Estrada has led the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and served as Music Director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He is also a Principal Guest Conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Starting in the 2021-22 season, he will succeed Philippe Jordan as Principal Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Orozco-Estrada has conducted many internationally renowned orchestras, including the Berlin Phil-harmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the Cleveland Orchestra. In the 2018-19 season, he appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg, led the Chicago Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra, gave concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and conducted the new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Berlin Staatsoper. In the autumn of 2019, he will undertake a tour of Asia with the Vienna Philharmonic, performing in China, Macau, and Japan. Orozco-Estrada has recorded symphonies by Brahms, Dvořák, and Mendelssohn, as well as works by Stravinsky. His most recent releases include accounts of Haydn’s The Creation and Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony.