“... Franco articulated the sounds of each section, layer by layer ... he summoned a wave of woodwinds so smoothly that it seemed to be breaking on a remote shore ... The conductor brought out the urgency of the score, which was evident in every measure.” [Beethoven Symphony No. 3]
Lake Forest Symphony
Having completed highly successful first seasons as Music Director of Tulsa’s Signature Symphony at TCC, as well as Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Andrés Franco has established himself as a conductor to watch. While maintaining his roles as Principal Conductor of the multimedia project Caminos del Inka and Artistic Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s summer festival “Concerts in the Garden,” he continues to delight audiences with his imaginative programming and energetic style. During the 2016/2017 season, Mr. Franco will make debuts with the Boise Philharmonic and Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and will return to conduct the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
A frequent guest conductor in the U.S., Europe and South America, Mr. Franco has appeared with the Columbus, Elgin, El Paso, Eugene, Fort Worth, Houston, Lake Forest, Mississippi, Saginaw Bay, Springfield, St. Louis, and Stockton symphony orchestras, the Chicago Sinfonietta, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León/Spain, the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, as well as with the National Symphony, Bogota Philharmonic, Medellin Philharmonic, and EAFIT Symphony Orchestra in Colombia. Festival appearances include the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Grant Park, OK Mozart, and Oregon Bach Festival. He will make his debut with the Texas Music Festival next season.
Andrés Franco formerly served as Music Director of the Philharmonia of Kansas City (2004-2010), as Associate and Resident Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony (2009-2014), and as Leonard Slatkin’s Assistant Conductor during the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2013).
A native of Colombia, Mr. Franco is dedicated to preserving and performing the music of the Americas. As Principal Conductor of Caminos del Inka, he has led many performances of works by Latin American composers, such as Jimmy López, Diego Luzuriaga, and the famous Argentine composer, Astor Piazzolla.
Born into a musical family, Andrés Franco began piano studies with his father, Jorge Franco. An accomplished pianist, he studied with Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jose Feghali and attended piano workshops with Rudolph Buchbinder in Switzerland and Lev Naumov in France. He studied conducting with Marin Alsop, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, the late Kurt Masur, Gustav Meier, Helmut Rilling, Gerard Schwarz, and Leonard Slatkin. Mr. Franco holds a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, as well as master of music degrees in Piano Performance and Conducting from Texas Christian University.