“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
Recently appointed Principal Conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Brazilian-born conductor Fabio Mechetti is consistently cited for the depth of his artistry and astounding knowledge of the repertoire. He has recently completed a distinguished fourteen-year tenure with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and has also held multi-term music directorships in both Syracuse and Spokane. In 2008, Mr. Mechetti was appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, with the task of creating a new, fully professional symphonic orchestra in Brazil's third largest city. In the period since its founding, the orchestra has become a reference point for symphonic activities in Brazil, garnering praise and prizes for its outstanding progress. The 2012/2013 season included a highly successful South American tour, with performances in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.
In addition to his Carnegie Hall debut with the New Jersey Symphony in 1993, Fabio Mechetti has appeared with the symphonies of Alabama, Austin, Charlotte, Chautauqua Festival, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Omaha, Pacific, Phoenix, Quebec, San Antonio, San Jose, Seattle and Utah, as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, and various orchestras in Mexico, Spain, Brazil and Venezuela. Worldwide, he has recently led the Auckland Philharmonia, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Puerto Rico Symphony, Rome Symphony, and the Tampere Philharmonic in Finland. Mr. Mechetti has also made several successful tours of Japan that included concerts with both the Tokyo and Sapporo symphonies, and has appeared as guest conductor with the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. Having made his European debut with the Danish Radio Orchestra in 1990, he continues to be a frequent guest conductor in Scandinavia.
A highly acclaimed operatic conductor, Fabio Mechetti made his American debut with the Washington Opera in 1990, and has served as music director of the Municipal Opera House in Rio de Janeiro. Among the opera productions he has directed are: Barber of Seville, Carmen, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Tosca and Turandot.
Winner of the 1989 Malko International Conducting Competition in Denmark, Mr. Mechetti served as resident conductor of the San Diego Symphony in 1986 and associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1985 through 1989. During his years with the National Symphony, he led over seventy-five concerts at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, also conducting performances on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, and at Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts. In 1995, his young people’s concerts in Washington won the National Endowment for the Arts Award for Best Educational Programming in the United States.
Fabio Mechetti has collaborated with such masters as Mstislav Rostropovich, Alicia de Larrocha, Magda Tagliaferro, Nicanor Zabaleta, Frederica von Stade, Thomas Hampson, Kathleen Battle, Gil Shaham, Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Arnaldo Cohen, Nelson Freire and Andre Watts, to name a few. He holds masters degrees in both conducting and composition from The Juilliard School.