Andres Franco Biography
Recently promoted to Resident Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of its summer festival, Concerts in the Garden, Andrés Franco has established himself as a conductor to watch. Scott Cantrell concurred, writing in The Dallas Morning News, that “Mr. Franco displayed striking eloquence; one hopes to hear more from him soon.” Among Mr. Franco’s 2012/13 highlights are debuts with the National Symphony of Colombia, the Elgin and El Paso symphony orchestras, and return engagements with the Bogota Philharmonic and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. His successful debut with the National Symphony of Colombia resulted in an immediate re-engagement for the 2013/14 season.
A frequent guest conductor in the U.S., Europe and South America, Andrés Franco has appeared with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León/Spain, the National Symphony Orchestra/Peru, and the Medellin Philharmonic and EAFIT Symphony orchestras in Colombia. In the United States, he has led the Corpus Christi, Eugene, Houston, St. Louis and Stockton (CA) symphony orchestras, in addition to numerous performances with the Fort Worth Symphony. This season, Mr. Franco will debut with the Lake Forest Symphony in Illinois, as well as return to the National Symphony of Colombia. He also served as Music Director of the Philharmonic of Kansas City (2004-2010) and as Leonard Slatkin’s Assistant Conductor during the Finals of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
A native of Colombia, Mr. Franco is dedicated to preserving and performing the music of the Americas. As Principal Conductor of Caminos del Inka, Inc., he has led many performances of Latin American music by composers of our time, such as Jimmy López, Diego Luzuriaga, and the popular Argentine composer, Astor Piazzolla. He is also experienced in multi-media programs, as well as the opera and choral repertoires.
Also committed to the education of young musicians, Mr. Franco serves as Conductor of the Fort Worth Youth Philharmonic. He has also directed the Eastern Washington University Symphony and served, during a sabbatical year replacement, as director of the Texas Christian University Symphony Orchestra.
An accomplished pianist, Andrés Franco studied at TCU with Jose Feghali and attended piano workshops with Rudolph Buchbinder in Switzerland and Lev Naumov in France. Born into a musical family, he began piano studies with his father, Jorge Franco, at the age of six. Mr. Franco holds a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, as well as master of music degrees in Piano Performance and Conducting from TCU. He was a finalist in the first Memphis International Conducting Competition in 2011. In addition to his studies with Miguel Harth-Bedoya, he has also participated in workshops, master classes, and residencies with Marin Alsop, Kurt Masur, Gustav Meier, Helmut Rilling, Gerard Schwarz and Leonard Slatkin.
Mr. Franco lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife Victoria Luperi, Principal Clarinetist in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
“…a gifted conductor with sweep, imagination and communicative abilities, I predict great things for Franco.”
KANSAS CITY STAR