The Nashville Symphony has announced that Enrico Lopez-Yañez, currently serving as Assistant Conductor, will take over as Principal Pops Conductor at the start of the Symphony’s 2019/20 season. In his new position, Lopez-Yañez will play a key role in programming the ensemble’s FirstBank Pops Series concerts, and continue to conduct the Pops and Family Series concerts as well as select Movie Series concerts and events.
The Symphony is incredibly excited about this move, citing their enthusiasm for Lopez-Yañez’s leadership and involvement in the ensemble thus far. Artistic Director Giancarlo Guerrero has said he “is a tremendously talented and versatile conductor who boasts a strong chemistry with our audience,” and he has played an active role in the programming for the upcoming season. The season will feature programs dedicated to popular artists like Trisha Yearwood and Foreigner, as well as original programming displaying the ensemble’s versatility.
Lopez-Yañez said he is “thrilled to be continuing my work with the immensely talented musicians of the Nashville Symphony in my new capacity as Principal Pops Conductor,” mentioning how rewarding and satisfying his first two seasons with the Symphony have been.
Lopez-Yañez previously held positions as Conducting Fellow as well as Assistant Conductor for the Omaha Symphony, and is frequently a guest conductor with many groups across the country.