Enrico Lopez-Yañez is the newly appointed Assistant Conductor of the Nashville Symphony. Lopez-Yañez comes to Nashville following two seasons as Assistant Conductor, née Conducting Fellow, of the Omaha Symphony where he led over 100 performances on their Family, Education, Community, and Symphony Rocks concert series. In the summer of 2016, Lopez-Yañez served as Assistant Conductor to Christoph Eschenbach and Valeri Gergiev for the National Youth Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall, New York state, and European tour performances.
Sharing an equal love for opera, Lopez-Yañez recently served as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for the Berkshire Opera Festival where his work was met with rave reviews. He has led opera gala concerts in San Diego and Aguascalientes (Mexico), a production of Madama Butterfly with Main Street Opera in Chicago, and served as Assistant Conductor for Opera Omaha’s production of La Boheme.
While in graduate school, Lopez-Yañez served as Assistant Conductor to the Capital City Symphony and Music Director for the University of Maryland’s Repertoire Orchestra. Lopez-Yañez also attended the Castleton Music Festival where Lorin Maazel invited him as a Conducting Associate. His international appearances have included guest conducting with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Zacatecas (Mexico), the Orchestra Sinfónica de Aguascalientes (Mexico), the Prague Summer Nights Orchestra (Czech Republic) and at the 2011 Festival de Musica in Londrina, Brazil.
Lopez-Yañez’s principal teachers were Jim Ross and Thomas Wilkins, with additional studies and masterclasses from Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Ken Kiesler. He holds a Masters in Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Maryland.
As a teacher, my primary objective is to help students attain their conducting goals. This could mean learning basic fundamentals and technique, to building advanced musicianships skills or preparing for professional orchestral auditions. As a teacher I have worked with students from high school level through post-graduate for more than 10 years. My work as both trumpet player and conductor, provides my students a wide range of knowledge and tools for success, all of which are geared toward their particular needs. I use a combination of method studies, standard and auxillary repertoire, and readings to help accellerate success and progress on your conducting path.