Our Music Director, Roberto Minczuk
The New Mexico Philharmonic announcesd the appointment of Brazilian-born Roberto Minczuk as the first
Music Director of the orchestra starting with the 2017-2018 season. Maestro Minczuk’s responsibilities will
Include conducting the orchestra, choosing the repertoire for the upcoming seasons, and shaping the artistic vision
of the New Mexico Philharmonic.
Roberto Minczuk conducted his first concert on October 14, 2017, where he will kicked off the season with
Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. “Maestro Minczuk’s appointment was the result of a rigorous process
which lasted two years and culminated with the 2016/17 season’s concerts, when each conductor was a finalist in the
search for the Music Director. The musicians of the orchestra, a special search committee comprised of
community members, musicians, and board members as well as the audience all arrived at the same
conclusion. Maestro Minczuk started a new era for the New Mexico Philharmonic, and it was with great
excitement that we welcoied him,” says Marian Tanau, Executive Director of the organization.
“I am thrilled and most honored to be the first Music Director of the New Mexico Philharmonic. Each rehearsal
and every concert we have performed together have been very powerful experiences of beautiful music-
making, and I look forward to this wonderful journey together!” Roberto Minczuk said.
Earlier in 2017, Minczuk was also appointed Music Director of the Theatro Municipal Orchestra of São Paulo. He is
also Music Director Laureate of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Canada and Conductor Emeritus of the
Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro. In Calgary, he completed a 10-year tenure as Music
Director, becoming the longest-running Music Director in the orchestra’s history.
Highlights of Minczuk’s recent seasons include the complete Mahler Symphony Cycle with the Calgary
Philharmonic Orchestra; Bach St. John Passion, Bruckner Symphony No. 7, Fidelio, and The Damnation of
Faust with the Theatro Municipal Orchestra of São Paulo; debuts with the Cincinnati Opera (Don Giovanni) and
the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; and return engagements with the Orchestra National de Lille and
the New York City Ballet. In the 2016-2017 season, he made return visits to the Israel Symphony Orchestra, as
well as the Teatro Colón Philharmonic and Orchestra Estable of Buenos Aires.
A protégé and close colleague of the late Kurt Masur, Minczuk debuted with the New York Philharmonic in
1998, and by 2002 was Associate Conductor, having worked closely with both Kurt Masur and Lorin Maazel.
He has since conducted more than one hundred orchestras worldwide, including the New York, Los Angeles,
Israel, London, Tokyo, Oslo, and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras; the London, San Francisco, Dallas, and
Atlanta Symphony Orchestras; and the National Radio (France), Philadelphia, and Cleveland Orchestras,
among many others.
Minczuk’s recording of the complete Bachianas Brasileiras of Hector Villa-Lobos with the São Paulo State
Symphony Orchestra (BIS label) won the Gramophone award of excellence in 2012 for best recording of this
repertoire. His other recordings include Danzas Brasileiras, which features rare works by Brazilian composers
of the 20th century, and the Complete Symphonic Works of Antonio Carlos Jobim, which won a Latin Grammy
in 2004 and was nominated for an American Grammy in 2006.
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