Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Music Director Designate

Energy, elegance and spirit - this is what especially distinguishes Andrés Orozco-Estrada as a musician. In 2014-15, he took over the position as Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and became Music Director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. In the 2020-21 season he becomes Music Director of the Wiener Symphoniker.

Orozco-Estrada regularly conducts many of Europe’s leading orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and
Orchestre National de France, as well as the most renowned American orchestras like the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras and Chicago Symphony. He has also conducted concert and opera performances at the Glyndebourne and Salzburg festivals with outstanding success.
Highlights of the 2019/20 season include concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic at the BBC Proms and the Lucerne Festival as well as on tour to China, South Korea and Japan. In spring 2020 he debuts with the New
York Philharmonic and returns to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Furthermore, he leads a new production of “Carmen”, which premieres in May at Dutch National Opera. With the Houston Symphony he presents a new created two-week Schumann-festival including all symphonies. In February he takes over three
concerts with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra as its designated Principal Conductor in the Musikverein.

Orozco-Estrada is particularly committed to new concert formats featuring moderation and images to complete the music and where he rediscovers together with the audience well-known pieces of the repertoire – for example in the „Spotlight“ concerts with Frankfurt Radio Symphony or the family concert with
the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.

His releases with Pentatone have attracted considerable attention. With the Frankfurt Radio Symphony he has recorded Stravinsky’s “Firebird” and “Rite of Spring” which were hailed by the critics as “hauntingly
beautiful” (Gramophone). Amongst his most recent releases are the “Alpine Symphony”, which forms part of his Richard-Strauss-cycle, which won him the praise of being “a fine Straussian” by Gramophone magazine. His Dvořák-cycle with the Houston Symphony was considered by Pizzicato to be a “zestful Dvořák with
warm colours”. In addition, he has recorded all Brahms and Mendelssohn symphonies. 

Born in Medellín (Colombia), Andrés Orozco-Estrada began his musical studies on the violin. At the age of 15 he received his first conducting lessons and in 1997 he moved to Vienna in order to study at the University of Music and Performing Arts with Uroš Lajovic, himself a pupil of the legendary Hans Swarowsky.
Orozco-Estrada lives in Vienna.

Concert dates with Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Philippe Jordan
Music Director

Philippe Jordan

The Swiss conductor Philippe Jordan has been the 15th Music Director of the Wiener Symphoniker since the 2014-15 season. Holding also the position of Musical Director of the Opéra national de Paris Philippe Jordan is one of today's most established and reverred maestros.

Conductor Lahav Shani (c) Marco Borggreve
Principal Guest Conductor

Lahav Shani

Prodigiously gifted 27 year old Israeli conductor Lahav Shani will be the Wiener Symphoniker's Principal Guest Conductor from the season 2017-18 onwards.

Conductor Georges Pretre (c) Stephan Trierenberg
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Honorary Conductors

So far only two conductors have been honoured with the title of Honorary Conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker; both true legends of music history: Georges Prêtre and Wolfgang Sawallisch.