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Andrés Orozco-Estrada, born in Colombia and trained in Vienna, is one of the most sought after conductors of his generation. From the beginning of the 2014/15 season, he will take up the positions of Music Director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Orozco-Estrada first came to international attention in 2004, when he took over a concert with the Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich at the Vienna Musikverein - celebrated by the Viennese press as a “wonder from Vienna”. Numerous engagements with many international orchestras followed and since then Orozco-Estrada has developed a highly successful musical partnership with the Tonkünstler Orchestra, one of the most important institutions of traditional Austrian musical culture. Since the beginning of the 2009/10 season, Orozco-Estrada has been the Music Director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra, a position that he will relinquish in the summer of 2015. This Orchestra holds subscription series at the Vienna Musikverein and is Orchestra-in-Residence at the Grafenegg Festival. Between 2009 and 2013 Orozco-Estrada was also Principal Conductor at the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi (Basque National Orchestra). Orozco-Estrada has already worked with some of the world’s leading orchestras

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Andrés Orozco-Estrada, born in Colombia and trained in Vienna, is one of the most sought after conductors of his generation. From the beginning of the 2014/15 season, he will take up the positions of Music Director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Orozco-Estrada first came to international attention in 2004, when he took over a concert with the Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich at the Vienna Musikverein - celebrated by the Viennese press as a “wonder from Vienna”. Numerous engagements with many international orchestras followed and since then Orozco-Estrada has developed a highly successful musical partnership with the Tonkünstler Orchestra, one of the most important institutions of traditional Austrian musical culture. Since the beginning of the 2009/10 season, Orozco-Estrada has been the Music Director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra, a position that he will relinquish in the summer of 2015. This Orchestra holds subscription series at the Vienna Musikverein and is Orchestra-in-Residence at the Grafenegg Festival. Between 2009 and 2013 Orozco-Estrada was also Principal Conductor at the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi (Basque National Orchestra).

Orozco-Estrada has already worked with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, Radio Symphony Orchestras of Frankfurt (hr) and Hamburg (NDR) and the Orchestre National de France. He has during the last few months made highly successful debuts with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic and La Scala Philharmonic Orchestras. Following his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in autumn 2010, Orozco-Estrada was hailed "a brilliant stand-in" (Wiener Zeitung) for Esa-Pekka Salonen and celebrated as an "eminent talent" (Die Presse). In November 2012, Orozco-Estrada stepped in once again at short notice to replace Riccardo Muti with the Vienna Philharmonic in the Musikverein and proved to be a “stand-in worth his weight in gold” (Kurier) and “an inspired master of communication” (Standard). Highlights of the current and coming seasons include debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, St Louis Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras. He will also be making his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the summer of 2014 conducting Don Giovanni.

Born in 1977 in Medellín (Colombia), Andrés Orozco-Estrada began his musical studies on the violin and had his first conducting lessons at the age of 15. In 1997, he moved to Vienna where he joined the conducting class of Uroš Lajovic, pupil of the legendary Hans Swarowsky, at the renowned Vienna Music Academy and completed his degree with distinction by conducting the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein. The emphasis of his artistic work lies in the Romantic repertoire and Viennese classics. At the same time, Orozco-Estrada shows a keen interest in contemporary music and regularly performs premieres of Austrian composers as well as compositions of Spanish and South American origin. Orozco-Estrada currently lives in Vienna.

Season: 2013/14

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Reviews

"Andrés Orozco-Estrada was truly remarkable right from the very beginning [the concert] proved him to be a master conductor with a subtle feel and musical sensitivity. "

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Apr 2012, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

"An aspiring young conductor with the musical world at his feet."

Spiegel, 4 May 2013

"[Cherubini's Overture in G] showed the Philharmonic’s sensitivity and Estrada’s energetic approach to virtuoso passages […], whilst consciously moulding the melodious elements throughout. […] Estrada sought an intonation [Schubert's 4th Symphony] which was sensitive and also meditative in the second movement, flowing into a perfumed delight in the […] third movement."

Standard, Nov 2012, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

"He has yet to conduct a 'regular' subscription concert with the Philharmonic: he is nevertheless worth his weight in gold as a stand-in. People are talking about Andrés Orozco-Estrada, that charismatic principal conductor of the Tonkünstler Orchestra. […] Orozco-Estrada proved to be an inspired master of communication, who all the musicians rightly applauded at the end: the maestro was more than just a good trustee in Cherubini's […] Overture in G major. Orozco-Estrada also triumphed at the podium with an immensely expressive orchestra in Schubert's 4th Symphony. Rarely has the “Tragic” been so understandable in all its details. A cause for celebration for the stand-in."

Kurier, Nov 2012, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

"Andrés Orozco-Estrada guides the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia to a performance in which the symphonic spirit and concertante effect are vividly thrown to the fore, drawing a full dialectic from the solo instrument and at the same time a soft and iridescent tone, equal, full-bodied and balanced throughout."

L'Arena - Il giornale di Vicenza, Sep 2012

"Our hearty congratulations also go to the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria, who showed themselves to be on top form in the gala presented by Barbara Rett, giving a perfect concert full of catchy melodies under the direction of principal conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Under Orozco-Estrada's direction this ensemble has been catapulted into the premier league. All that remains is to hope that the maestro will continue to support the musicians for a long time to come. "

Peter Jarolin, Kurier, Jun 2012

"Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada inspired his Tonkünstler Orchestra with his extroverted Latin American temperament and sunny personality. The orchestra responded to him with crisp and fresh sound."

Concerto Net.com, May 2012

"Andrés Orozco-Estrada has been conducting the Tonkünstler Orchestra for three seasons now with a further three to come. June will herald the first orchestra management meetings to discuss an extension of the Columbian's contract. At these meetings he will be able to bring his considerable professional achievements to the table: conducting successes with the Vienna and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, in Birmingham... We are very fortunate that this artist's talents were recognised early enough. Fortunate also to see the joy radiating from the faces of the musicians at the end of the Sunday concert in the Musikverein."

Daniel Ender, Der Standard, May 2012

"(…) The Tonkünstlers under Andrés Orozco-Estrada's direction offer an atmospheric portrayal as well befits Debussy's “Après-midi d'un faune” – and the Mahler was executed impeccably. Orozco-Estrada presents every detail of the score with precision. Extremely clean, mellow in its tonality, and attractively prepared."

AN, Kronen Zeitung, Feb 2012

"With youthful vigour the Gürzenich débutant Andrés Orozco-Estrada gave a convincing performance. Under his direction the Dances were performed powerfully and the cantilenas sang out with warmth"

Kölnische Rundschau, Jan 2012

"In mid-November Andrés Orozco-Estrada made his highly acclaimed USA début in Miami, where he conducted the New World Symphony in the New World Center, a concert hall designed by star architect Frank Gehry. Jamie Bernstein, the daughter of the legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein, hosted the concert. The programme included works by Prokofiev, Bernstein and Tchaikovsky. “An impeccable New World” was the Nuevo Herald’s judgement on the concert. There was an enthusiastic ovation for Andrés Orozco-Estrada, “an artist on the podium” who according to the Nuevo Herald’s prediction “will be much talked about during his career”."

ElNuevoHerald.com, Nov 2011

"(...) dem Staatsorchester Stuttgart gelang es unter der feinsinnigen Leitung des steil aufstrebenden Kolumbianers Andrés Orozco-Estrada einen Verdi weitab von der in deutschen Häusern so metallisch fetten Dresch-Manier zu realisieren. Bereits das dosiert abgestufte Vorspiel gab einen Hinweis auf die kommenden zwei Stunden: ein angenehm leicht schwingendes und moussierendes Trinklied, maßvolle Begleitfiguren, spannend aufgebaute Duett- und Ensemble-Steigerungen. Verdi mit Geschmack und viel Seele. Und entsprechender Publikumswürdigung. "

Der neue Merker, Jul 2011

"(...) The orchestra is something of an unknown quantity in these parts, but the opening bars of Weber's Oberon overture established their credentials straightaway - in particular their distinguished horn players and the lustrous sound of their strings. Conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada also proved himself to be no slouch when it came to rhythmic punch and bounce."

This is Nottingham, Feb 2011

"Der Live-Mitschnitt (Sinfonie Nr. 1 D-Dur von G. Mahler, Anm. d. Red.) eines der Antrittskonzerte des kolumbianischen Dirigenten Andrés Orozco-Estrada, der im Wiener Musikverein im Oktober 2009 entstanden ist, zeigt auf geradezu atemberaubende Weise, was elegantes Musizieren ausmacht. (...) Die Klangqualität der SACD ist - gerade für einen Live-Mitschnitt - außerordentlich gut. Der Hörer erfährt die Live-Situation eigentlich nur durch den Schlussapplaus und keineswegs durch störende, wenn auch bei einer Live-Aufnahme unvermeidliche Nebengeräusche. Die Musikalität des Ensembles zeigt sich in der Fähigkeit, mit einem natürlichen Atem und einem unverkrampften Verständnis für große Bögen und Zusammenhänge zu spielen. Diese Interpretation schwingt (...). Alles ist auf besondere Weise schlüssig und folgerichtig. (...) Das ist Eleganz, die doch der Musik Mahlers auch all ihren Ernst lässt. "

www.klassik.com, Mar 2011

"(...)Orozco-Estrada is Vienna-trained, and his handling of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony demonstrated those credentials: a rhythmic and disciplined approach, with a sure shaping that made the fast and furious finale the logical culmination of all that came before. By way of amends, the Mozart reappeared as an encore, now with an irrepressible energy - and getting a laugh, too. "

The Guardian, Feb 2011

"The Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra makes a fine sound - warm but also clear and sharply focussed (...) Combined with Columbian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada's energetic direction, it made their programme of nineteenth-century German classics come up as fresh as paint. In the overture to Weber's last opera, "Oberon", they balanced poetic delicacy and robustness (...) "

Music & Vision, Feb 2011

"... The short fact of the matter is that this is the finest recording of Mahler's First Symphony that I have ever heard.(...) Interpretatively it ranks with the very best (which in my mind is Bernstein/Concertgebouw on DGG) and shows much considered and unmannered playing that allows Mahler to speak his own mind while at the same time allowing the conductor to massage the work's emotional values for maximum effect. (...) The Tonkunstler-Orchester Niederosterreich - who are these people? Pungent winds, thrilling brass, and glorious strings! Wherever they hail from, they have a lot to be proud of, and I think we have a definitive winner in the ever-changing Mahler 1 sweepstakes. Grab this one - won't be sorry."

Audiophile Audition, Nov 2010

"Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the Tonkünstlers’ young Colombian chief conductor, conjured a delicate transparency and a wealth of colour from his musicians that made the entire evening a sensual pleasure as well as a fascinating journey. Orozco-Estrada and the orchestra are on good form, and a packed Musikverein responded appreciatively. "

Financial Times, Nov 2010

"It is his captivating approach that makes the interpretations into something special ...here is a must-see conductor, who, with his wholehearted music-making and oversight of the work, is already making waves."

Kronen-Zeitung, Oct 2010

"Andrés Orozco-Estrada, principal conductor of the Tonkünstler orchestra and welcome stand-in, let the music run its course and with the music of Mendelssohn and Dvorák displayed courage, strong talent and a sense of the proportion and character of each piece. A conductor with a future."

Österreich, Oct 2010

"He gave a debut that could not have been any better. Andrés Orozco-Estrada knows what the Vienna Philharmonic love, he let the orchestra play, got the music going, did not begrudge the musicians their enthusiasm and is a conductor with heavy, yet nuanced gestures. (...) Antonín Dvorák's seventh symphony was ingenious. (...) The audience were overjoyed and the orchestra thanked the maestro. Well done."

Kurier, Oct 2010

"It was one of the most brilliant philharmonic debuts in memory. [...] he perfectly combined spirited enthusiasm, seamless gestures and deliberate disposition on all musical parameters. [...] Cleverly he left the orchestra to play out music and thus earned not only the joy of the audience but also the wholehearted acclaim of the musicians. The musicians were highly motivated and gave it their all, as could be seen with the performance of the superb horn group or the dramatic melodic beauty from the strings. There is no doubt that we'll be hearing much more from this conductor!"

Wiener Zeitung, Oct 2010

"There were two standing ovations on Saturday in the Musikverein. [...] To earn these he combined his perfect hand movements with a temperament that he knows how to delicately step up and measure out. [...] Orozco-Estrada celebrated Wagner's Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde with clarity and ardent melodic beauty, Dvorák's 7th Sympony with dance-like elegance and delicate flair for even the smallest decelerations, at the same time breathing and with much dramatisation."

Der Standard, Oct 2010

"One of the best Mahler albums ever"

Crescendo April, 2010

"Brilliant were the waltz antics of the second dance. … There, in this key work of modern symphonic pieces, the Columbian Shooting-Star emphasized the modeling of different sound reliefs. With precise conducting technique and strategic calculus he confronted elegiac piano with furious forte as dynamics of the instrumental drama. Soulful reverie and bucolic landscapes also inclusive. … Also at any other time the Philharmonic proved their class and high level: maybe a new conducting-love, definitely a new passion. Both – orchestra and conductor – were celebrated enthusiastically by the audience."

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Apr 2010

"The Tonkunstler showed themselves in tight form, Orozco-Estrada ... is agile enough for any sport, but does not tend toward exaggeration, rather he controls the transitions with precision whilst giving free rein to the forces of sound in Mahler’s concentrated surges of energy. It was rewarded with ovations"

Salzburger Nachrichten, Nov 2009

"The Colombian Oroczo-Estrada is a true Mahlerian: a far more interesting and thoughtful musician than an endlessly-hyped colleague from across the border. I hope that we shall hear much more of Andrés Oroczo-Estrada, not least in the United Kingdom."

Music Web International, Dec 2012

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Discography

  • Andrés Orozco-Estrada

    Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Lobgesang 2010

  • Andrés Orozco-Estrada

    Mahler: Symphony No.1 'Titan' 2009