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Lina Gonzalez-Granados

About this Artist

Praised for her "attention to orchestral colors" (OperaWire) and the ability to create "lightning changes in tempo, meter and effect" (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Lina González-Granados has firmly established herself locally and abroad as a talented conductor of opera and symphonic repertoire, including contemporary music.

Winner of the Fourth Chicago Symphony Orchestra Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition, Lina Gonzalez-Granados will become the new Solti Conducting Apprentice under the guidance of Maestro Riccardo Muti, starting in February 2020 and continuing through June 2021. This fall 2019, she started her new appointments as Conducting Fellow of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Seattle Symphony, and within 2017-19 Lina also served as the Taki Concordia Fellow, a position created by Maestro Marin Alsop to foster entrepreneurship and talent of female conductors.

Recent guest appearances have included the Tulsa Opera, where Lina made history by being the first Latina conductor to lead a major production in a U.S. Opera House, as well as the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, and Filarmónica de Medellin. She has been the Assistant Conductor for the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival, London Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the United States, Orchestra of the Americas, and has worked as cover conductor of the Nashville Symphony, working with artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Pinchas Zukerman, and Giancarlo Guerrero. This season she will be working as cover conductor for Zubin Mehta at the LA Philharmonic, Yannick Nezet Seguin, and Thomas Daausgard among other artists.

This current 19/20 season will include guest appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Stamford Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra and the Orchestra Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias.

Gonzalez-Granados was named one of the contestants selected for La Maestra Competition, which will take place at the Paris Philharmonie in March 2020. She has attended the 2019 Tanglewood Conducting Seminar, as well as the Lucerne Festival Masterclass with Maestro Bernard Haitink and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music with Marin Alsop and James Ross. She also participated in the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Conductors at the Dallas Opera with Maestro Carlo Montanaro and Nicole Paiment, making her the first Hispanic conductor selected for that role.

Lina is a staunch proponent of the music of Latin American composers, work that earned her recognition as one of the "Latino 30 Under 30" by El Mundo Newspaper in 2016. In 2014, she founded the Unitas Ensemble, a Boston-based chamber orchestra specializing in Latin American music. Her work with the Unitas Ensemble has yielded multiple World, North-American, and American premieres, as well as the creation and release of the Unitas Ensemble album “Estaciones”, recorded alongside the Latin Grammy-winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano. 

Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, Lina made her conducting debut in 2008 with the Youth Orchestra of Bellas Artes in Cali. She earned her Master’s Degree in Conducting and a Graduate Diploma in Choral Conducting from New England Conservatory, and is pursuing her Doctoral degree in Orchestral Conducting at Boston University. Her principal mentors include Marin Alsop, Bernard Haitink, Bramwell Tovey, and Charles Peltz.