Beginning his fifth season as Music Director of the Signature Symphony at TCC and his first as Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Andrés Franco continues to delight audiences with his imaginative programming and energetic style. In 2019/2020 he returns to work with the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Round Top Music Festival.
A frequent guest conductor in the U.S., Europe, and South America, Mr. Franco has appeared with the symphonies of Columbus, Corpus Christi, Detroit, Elgin, El Paso, Eugene, Houston, Indianapolis, Lake Forest, Mississippi, Omaha, Saginaw Bay, Springfield, St. Louis, Stockton, and Wheeling; the philharmonic orchestras of Boise and Oklahoma City; and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Worldwide, he has conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León/Spain, the Orquesta Sinaloa de las Artes/Mexico, the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, as well as the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, Bogotá 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.
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 (2009-2014); and as Leonard Slatkin’s Assistant Conductor during the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2013).
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’s of music degrees in Piano Performance and Conducting from Texas Christian University.
He is married to Victoria Luperi, associate principal clarinetist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.