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“His direction of the Tchaikovsky was full of intensity and passion from the opening measures”

James McQuillen

Andrés Lopera is leaping. His orchestra is swaying. Drums are pounding."

David Stabler- Oregonian


One of the current leading Latin American conductors in the United States, Andres Lopera has
led orchestras throughout the Americas for over a decade.

Lopera, who is in his 2nd season as Assistant Conductor of the Columbus Symphony and Music Director of the Columbus Youth Symphony Orchestra, has directed performances with orchestras such as the Colorado Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Toledo Symphony, NewWorld Symphony, and Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, as well at summer festivals,including the National Repertory Orchestra and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. In October 2017, Lopera covered a series of concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel and Carlos Miguel Prieto.

At the international level, he has performed with the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and the EAFIT Symphony Orchestra in his home country Colombia, among others. He has also presented concerts and collaborated with both professional and youth orchestras throughout Central and South America, including organizations in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Honduras. In June 2012, Lopera was appointed Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland, OR, where he oversaw a program with more than 450 students, 12 ensembles, and 10 conducting staff. In recognition of his contributions to Portland, he received the Portland Monthly Award, Rising Star Award, and the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Bravo Award. Additional honors include the Orgullo Colombiano Award and Egresados Que Inspiran from EAFIT University, both received in 2017.

Lopera has studied and worked  with some of the most outstanding professional artists in the field, including Hugh Wolff, Andrew Litton, David Loebel, Carlos Kalmar, Ludovic Morlot and Marin Alsop. He earned a Master degree in orchestral conducting from New England Conservatory.