Starting his third season as Signature Symphony at TCC’s Music Director, ANDRÉS FRANCO continues to delight audiences with his imaginative programming and energetic style. Mr. Franco also serves as Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of Caminos del Inka.
A frequent guest conductor in the U.S., Europe, and South America, Andrés Franco has appeared with orchestras such as the Columbus, Elgin, El Paso, Eugene, Fort Worth, Houston, Mississippi, Springfield, St. Louis, and Stockton symphonies; the philharmonic orchestras of Boise and Oklahoma City; and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Outside the U.S., Mr. Franco has conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León/Spain; the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru; in addition to the National Symphony, Bogota Philharmonic, Medellin Philharmonic, and EAFIT Symphony Orchestra in Colombia. He has also appeared at the Cabrillo, Grant Park, OK Mozart, Oregon Bach, and Texas Music festivals.
A native of Colombia, Mr. 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 works by Latin American composers, such as Jimmy López, Diego Luzuriaga and the famous Argentine composer Ástor Piazzolla.
Andrés Franco formerly served as music director of the Philharmonia of Kansas City, as associate and resident conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and as Leonard Slatkin’s assistant conductor during the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
Born into a musical family, Mr. 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.
Andrés 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 of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.