“With virtuosic technique, Mechetti led the CSO in Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 like an impeccable craftsman… Meticulous musicianship, a pleasure to watch.”
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Internationally acclaimed conductor Fabio Mechetti currently serves as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He has recently been awarded the 2015 Minas Gerais Prize for Economic Development, recognizing the exceptional expansion and vitality of the organization during his tenure. Previous directorships include the Jacksonville, Spokane, and Syracuse symphonies, as well as the Malaysia Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur.
In addition to his Carnegie Hall orchestral debut with the New Jersey Symphony, Mr. Mechetti has appeared as guest conductor with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Pacific Symphony and the orchestras of Austin, Charlotte, Omaha, Phoenix, Rochester, San Antonio, San Jose, Seattle, Utah, and the Long Island Philharmonic. Worldwide engagements include the Auckland Philharmonia/New Zealand, BBC Scottish Symphony/Glasgow, the RTVE Symphony Orchestra/Madrid, and the Tampere Philharmonic in Finland. He is also a frequent guest conductor in Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico, as well as throughout Japan and Scandinavia. He will make his debut with the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark during the 2015/2016 season.
Leading the Minas Gerais Philharmonic, Fabio Mechetti has recently been involved in recording projects for the Naxos label featuring works by Heitor Villa-Lobos. The orchestra also recently completed a very successful tour of Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.
An experienced opera conductor, Mr. Mechetti made his American debut with the Washington (D.C.) Opera, served as music director of the Rio de Janeiro Opera, and directed productions in Syracuse, Spokane, and Brazil. He also led thirteen fully-staged operas during his tenure with the Jacksonville Symphony.
Winner of the 1989 Malko International Conducting Competition in Denmark, Fabio Mechetti has been associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra/Washington, D.C. and resident conductor of the San Diego Symphony. His children’s programs in Washington won the 1985 National Endowment for the Arts Award for Best Educational Programming in the United States.
Mr. Mechetti holds a Master of Music degree in both conducting and composition from The Juilliard School. He currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife, pianist Aida Ribeira, and their twin daughters.