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Guillermo Figueroa


Violinist, violist, conductor, and concertmaster Guillermo Figueroa is Principal Conductor of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. He serves as Music Director of the Music in the Mountains Festival and the Lynn Philharmonia. He was Music Director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the Puerto Rico Symphony, Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet, and a Founding Member and Concertmaster of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Maestro Figueroa has given the world premieres of four violin concertos written for him: Mario Davidovsky’s Concertino at Carnegie Hall, Harold Farberman’s Double Concerto at Lincoln Center, Miguel del Águila’s Violin Concerto co-commissioned by Figueroa, and Ernesto Cordero’s lnsula: Suite Concertante in Zagreb. International and US appearances include the Buffalo and Toronto Symphony orchestras, Baltic Philharmonic, Xalapa, and Orquesta de Cordoba. He frequently performs viola as guest of the Emerson, Fine Arts, American, Amernet, and Orion string quartets. He has recorded Bartók’s Three Violin Sonatas with pianist Robert Koenig and an album of virtuoso violin music with pianist Ivonne Figueroa. His recording of Cordero’s violin concertos received a Latin Grammy nomination in 2012. An advocate for new music, Figueroa and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra won an Award for Adventurous Programming from the League of American Orchestras in 2007. He studied with his father and uncle at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. At Juilliard, his teachers were Oscar Shumsky and Felix Galimir. His conducting studies were with Harold Farberman in New York.