Andrés Lopera Appointed Music Director of Indiana's Richmond Symphony
The young Colombian conductor has signed on for an initial three-year term
Colombian conductor Andrés Lopera will be the Richmond Symphony Orchestra's (RSO) fourth Music Director. Lopera's appointment comes after an extensive two-year search, resulting in a field of 53 candidates. The selection panel nominated five finalists, all of whom undertook a short trial with the orchestra — with Lopera emerging victorious.
"Working with all the musicians of the orchestra was an amazing experience," Lopera said of his trial. "Everyone was very kind and receptive — qualities of a great orchestra that turned into performing a terrific concert."
"I see a lot of potential, and I believe that the core values of the Richmond Symphony align with my mission and vision as an artist. It truly was a great pleasure to meet this incredible Richmond community. It is inspiring to feel the pride everyone has for the symphony orchestra, and it is an honor to be selected as your music director."
One of the leading Latin-American conductors in the United States, Andrés Lopera holds a master's degree from the New England Conservatory and studied with Hugh Wolff, Andrew Litton, David Loebel, Carlos Kalmar, Ludovic Morlot, and Marin Alsop.
He is presently the Associate Conductor of the Columbus Symphony and Music Director of the Columbus Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has directed performances with orchestras such as the Colorado Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Toledo Symphony, New World Symphony, and Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra.
"Lopera brings unbounding energy and passion to his role," said Jeff Carter, the President of the RSO's board.
"He is excited to work with the RSO’s talented musicians, engage the local community, and inspire a rising generation of music enthusiasts," Carter continued. "With vision and enthusiasm, Maestro Lopera will carry the energy of this season into the next."