Lopez-Yañez Named Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony

Mike Lawson • News • March 15, 2019

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Enrico Lopez-Yañez has been named principal pops conductor of the Nashville Symphony. In his new position, which begins officially in September, Lopez-Yañez will play a key role in programming the FirstBank Pops Series, while also continuing to conduct Pops and Family Series performances, as well as select Movie Series concerts and special events.

“Enrico has made an enormous impact since arriving in Nashville, and this appointment reflects his leadership, creativity and vision,” said Nashville Symphony music director Giancarlo Guerrero. “He is a tremendously talented and versatile conductor who boasts a strong chemistry with our audience, and I am confident that he will continue to elevate the quality and versatility of the Pops Series. His contributions are already evident in our recently announced 2019/20 season.”

Lopez-Yañez has served as assistant conductor since joining the Nashville Symphony in 2017, during which time he has led the orchestra on scores of Pops, Jazz and Family Series concerts and special events, as well as numerous education concerts and summer Community Concerts. 

“I am thrilled to be continuing my work with the immensely talented musicians of the Nashville Symphony in my new capacity as Principal Pops Conductor,” said Lopez-Yañez. “My first two seasons in Nashville have been incredibly rewarding, thanks to the spirit of the Nashville Symphony musicians, staff and our vibrant community. I look forward to expanding my role next season and beyond.”

Prior to joining the Nashville Symphony, Lopez-Yañez held positions as both conducting fellow and assistant conductor for the Omaha Symphony, leading that ensemble in more than 100 performances. He is a frequent guest conductor with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Detroit Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra and Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

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